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German vs. Roman Essay
For this essay we were asked to write factually about the culture of the Germans and the Romans. The format was a five paragraph essay about the similarities and differences of the Roman and German culture.
Imagine you are a soldier, marching down the road towards home or a battle. You and the others in nice, neat, planned rows, then, all of a sudden, there’s a rustling in the woods to the side of you and one hundred men and women dressed in full armor with sharp weapons come running straight at you. They are ruthless fighters and their blood-thirst invigorates them to kill, and kill, and kill. They fight you until half or more of your army is dead or injured. These notorious killers are the Germans, and they have no mercy for those in their battle path.
The Germans were warriors and hunters. They were farmers too. The men were warriors and hunters, as well as farmers and herders, but, most of the farming was done by women, children, and enslaved people. When women weren’t farming or cooking, they were weaving or sewing. The men spent most of their time making weapons, fighting, or hunting. Their love of battle was closely linked to their religion. Many of their gods were warriors or hunters. The chief god, Woden, was the god of war, learning, magic, and poetry. Woden had a son named Thor who was the god of battle and thunder.
The Romans were soldiers and craftsmen and artisans. The men were soldiers, businessmen, and farmers. The women spent their days doing housework and cooking. When they weren’t cooking, they were weaving and sewing. The men spent most of their time training for the army, or working a business.
The Germans and Romans are similar in many ways but they are also very different civilizations.
Some similarities between the Romans and the Germans were their religion, their love of battle, and their power. Both the Romans’ and the Germans’ religion was closely linked to battle. Members of both civilizations often called upon the gods to lead them courageously into battle or to help them win a battle. Both civilizations were great conquerors and warriors. They were always looking to the gods to help them to conquer new land. Their power is also another similarity the civilizations have to each other. They were both extremely powerful and large civilizations. They controlled most of europe in their time. Germany was once part of Rome, along with France, Spain, and the city of Constantinople. Then, the Germans conquered Rome, France Spain, and Constantinople, making the civilizations of equal power, but, at different times.
Although the civilizations were similar to each other, there were also many differences. These included their cleanliness and their battle strategies The Romans were a very clean people; the Germans, not so much. The Germans probably only bathed a couple times a year and they did not have the lavish baths that the Romans did. There was no heating, no pools, no social baths, and in fact, they probably didn’t even have a bath house. The average German was dirtier than the poorest Roman. Their fighting and battle styles were also different. The Romans marched with formality across the battlefield towards their opponents and when they became immersed in battle, they put their shields up or out to the side, creating a “turtle”. The Germans, however, hid in forests or camouflaged with their background and took enemies by surprise when they attacked. Their unassuming enemies had no time to get into formation because of the surprise attack, so they had to fight without a “turtle” or other defense mechanism. The Germans and the Romans were very similar in some ways but very different in others.
The Germans and Romans had some aspects that were similar, but, they also differed in many ways. The Romans were much more sophisticated and organized while the Germans were more unorganized, but, fought very effectively. The Germans and Romans have many of the same cultural and governmental aspects but very different daily lives and fighting styles. They are two civilizations that are incomparably different but extremely similar.
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