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  •  Imperial Rome was THE power at that time (2+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, ramara

    in Europe and extensive parts of the near east and middle east, as absolutely ruthless as Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, etc economilitary empires later were, in killing and controlling indigenous populations to gain their own slash-and-burn profit.

    The methods of Imperial Rome are all far too well documented in objective sources that have no particular interest in Judea/Israel for any mistake to be made about how massive the impact was in every locality they controlled.

    Imperial Rome's economilitary dominance of far-flung cultures and peoples happens to be extensively recorded in Jewish history because the Judean/Israelite culture of that era already was highly literate relative to most cultures and peoples under Roman rule. What "those darn Romans" did in Judea/Israel/samaria etc, they did everywhere —how else do you explain the extensive latin influence in English & other european languages, or do you think christianity is the source?— so you trivialize the universally horrific nature of imperialism and its impact everywhere when you trivialize it in Jewish history as an exemplar of what billions suffered under Roman rule and the empires and neocolonialists and dictators that keep emulating Rome (or whichever-named economilitary model they use, it's appallingly global as a human phenomenon) clear into the present day. Warlords are still rampaging around Africa and elsewhere using similar lethal controls. If it can happen now, do you seriously think it hasn't been happening since humanity first started hierarchizing itself?

    The fact that Dvar Torah discusses it as recorded in Jewish material that was preserved via religious study doesn't change the essential facts of Roman imperialism. Judaism's "case study" survived in our literature because we were literate.

    Most of the rest of the case studies have to be elucidated through archaeology and through the records made by imperial Rome that were preserved. The records of our era are likely to be pretty comprehensively lost, because so much of it is increasingly put into electronic form.  One solid electromagnetic pulse and ... fweep, there goes the history of the 20th & 20st century.

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