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Old 12-21-2015, 11:44 AM
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Originally Posted by Ummagumma View Post
I don't know if I'd call it "scientific". Their incredible advances were primarily in all things practical - I think Greeks had more interest in abstract science.

The Romans were well educated as a society (compared to the Middle Ages Europe). They were very well organized, with a strong central government that was always open to the better ways of doing things that benefited them. And they were always willing to learn from others, and adapt the advances of other cultures. They had an open mind when it came to the things "not made here", unlike many other societies.
They seem to have had a real talent for civil engineering and were master builders. They invented the Roman arch, which enabled the weight of buildings to be even distributed on both sides of the arch. They were master surveyors and movers of water. Their roads, bridges, aqueducts, water systems, baths, etc lasted for hundreds of years after Rome's demise as an empire. Some Roman aqueducts in the outlying parts of the Empire remained in use into the fifteenth century, a few in Spain and France being rebuilt and continuing in use longer. Others served as inspirations and models for later building projects.
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