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  • Architectural styles (arches & columns, domes, sculptures, frescoes, mosaics...)

    15 32.61%
  • Concrete/mortar/cement

    13 28.26%
  • Efficient highway system (still followed today by modern roads)

    15 32.61%
  • Mass entertainment : stadiums & amphitheatres (ancestors of modern stadiums)

    6 13.04%
  • Aqueducts and viaducts (the world's first bridges to cross valleys)

    15 32.61%
  • Thermal baths, central heating and floor heating

    7 15.22%
  • Wine-making (creating a lasting tradition in France, Italy, Spain...)

    8 17.39%
  • Roman alphabet (the world's most widespread writing system)

    21 45.65%
  • Latin language and descendants + influence on other European languages

    10 21.74%
  • Roman legal system (basis of many European legal system to this day)

    15 32.61%
  • The Republic & Senate (inspiration for modern democracies)

    13 28.26%
  • The Julian Calendar (including current names of the months)

    10 21.74%
  • Festivals (Carnival, Christmas, etc. had Roman origins)

    3 6.52%
  • The 3 course meal (starter, main dish, desert)

    3 6.52%
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Thread: Greatest Ancient Roman contribution(s) to the world

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    Wine had been produced in ancient Egypt three millennia prior to Greeks or Romans.
    Theatrical culture and amphitheatres were well established in ancient Greece. Romans copied that and extended to other forms of entertainment.
    Technological discoveries of arch and dome enabled Romans to construct much larger and more complex buildings than had been possible with the simpler Greek trabeated construction system. But still, Romans’ buildings were based on Greeks trabeated construction system. On the other hand, arches and domes are being used to date. In fact, those structural elements had persisted in every single architectural style followed (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, into Modern).
    Capitolium in Washington, Taj Mahal in India or Köln cathedral would not be there today, had Romans not invented domes, arches and vaults.
    So my verdict, Romans’ technological discoveries are indisputable.
    However, I would like to open up a new topic to discuss ancient Greeks inventions and heritage. Especially military inventions like warships and siege engines catapults both of which were so successfully mastered by Romans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aberdeen View Post
    IMO, no, the Romans were the barbarians, and they destroyed much of value throughout western Europe. But they did invent concrete, apparently.
    No, they didn't invent concrete. Apparently the Macedonians invented cement and the Romans just copied it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petros Houhoulis View Post
    No, they didn't invent concrete. Apparently the Macedonians invented cement and the Romans just copied it...
    Cement and concrete are not the same thing. Concrete is cement mixed with sand and gravel.

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    Stadium design, Bases of Western Civilization, and the Italians too.

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    There achievements in battle showed there are ways to fight any battle logistics cunning ruthlessness no matter how big they were those little Romans cut there legs then killed them as they fell great men and women gives people today hope they can conquer any obstacle they contribute motivation for life :)

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