Philip Womack

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Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Romans but Were Afraid to Ask


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The other day, in a mock Oxford interview, I asked a pupil of mine whether he agreed with the idea that the Roman Empire still, effectively, exists, or arguably has a greater extent than ever before, what with the Roman Catholic Church, the numerous legislatures calling themselves senates, the spread of Latinate languages throughout the world, and so on. The question was designed to be provocative, but there is a modicum of truth in the idea. We are still in thrall to the Romans, even if we pay no tribute to an emperor. 

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