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Living the Roman Legacy
Though the Romans lived ages ago, you will still find bits of them scattered through our diverse, modern world. And no, I don't mean their body parts. I mean their legacy.
You see, when the Romans died out, not all of their customs and inventions died with them. If they had, we wouldn't be using drains, bricks or coins today. Because we still use these things, and because we acknowledge that the Romans introduced us to these things, we are continuing their 'legacy'.
This is one of the more important parts of their legacy: education. Without it, we may as well all be cavemen. Education is important because it ensures that we develop our knowledge of the world around us and our virtues and values.
The Calendar was another great Roman thing that was passed down to us. Though our current calendar is named the 'Gregorian' calendar, it originated from the Roman calendar. This calendar was pretty accurate; it served for hundreds of years before it began to go off a little!
Famous Roman Roads
Though you may not have noticed it, much of the English language is derived or taken directly from Latin.. Everday phrases like 'et cetera' have Latin roots. 'Et' means 'and', while 'cetera' means 'the rest'.
The Romans were one of the first to show charity to their lesser population. From 122 BC, poorer people could buy grain for half the price, but when 58 BC came along, it was changed to free. Even better, in 274 AD, the emperor also included pork, oil and salt to the free rations of the homeless and unemployed.
Benefits for the Poor
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There are a lot of other things we have the Romans to thank for, like
* modern literature
* firemen and the police force
*turnips and carrots
and much, much more!