Tag: Rome


Why are the Romans considered great city builders?

The Roman Empire continues to be of historical importance even today.  This is because the political, social, architectural and cultural achievements made by Romans during their Empire’s peak, continues to inspire people even today.  The capital city of Rome was especially famous for its detailed planning and organization.  It is difficult to perceive how city planners of Rome could have pulled off such a grand and sweeping project without the aid of modern architectural aids.  Yet, it is a fact that the monuments, government buildings, public recreation houses and other structures and provisions within the city were quite advanced for the time.  And some of the technology used by Romans continues to find application in modern cities today.

With no greater aid than stones, bricks, wood and mortar, the Romans constructed great works of architectural value.  The Bridges over Danube and Rhine are prime examples of Roman architecture.    These two rivers, which set . . . Read More

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Catch-22: Orr Character Report

By being the tent companion of the lead protagonist Yossarian, the character of Orr is crucial to the narrative of the novel. Orr is a bomber pilot, who undertakes highly risky bombing operations for his squadron. In his personal exchanges, he comes across as light-hearted, comical and even at times eccentric. And his habitual crash landings even suggest a self-destructive streak. But, in spite of these immediate impressions, Orr turns out to be a shrewd and ingenuous individual who successfully . . . Read More

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Major social, economic, military, religious, and intellectual challenges during the Late Middle Ages in Europe

Identify the major challenges (social, economic, military, religious, and intellectual) facing Europeans during the Late Middle Ages in Europe. Then explain why Europe did not sink into a “dark age” similar to that which followed the fall of Rome and why instead there was a Renaissance first in Italy and then in Europe north of the Alps.

The centuries between 1300 and 1500 AD have come to be collectively referred to as The Late Middle Ages with respect to European history. While some new innovations in Art and Architecture alongside discoveries in Science and Technology were taking place, there were a lot many uncertainties pertaining to the stability and political administration of various kingdoms across Europe. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that progress and prosperity came to a halt, if not a decline, during this period primarily due to rampant warfare, theological uncertainty and natural calamities.

The Great Famine of the early . . . Read More

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Forces behind English overseas colonization in the late 16th and 17th centuries

At its peak, the British Empire covered one-fifth of the globe and ruled 400 million subjects belonging to various religious and ethnic groups. It acted as the “centre of the world” for trade, communications, migrations and naval-military power. In other words, it had become the Empire on which “the sun never set”. 1 The foundation for such exploits was laid in the early modern period, especially late 16th and 17th centuries. The dynamics within the Empire continually evolved throughout the early modern period. It was also subject to external pressures, such as foreign rivals, wars, revolts and economic change. This essay explores the forces and interests that . . . Read More

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