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Han China and the Roman Empire

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Both Han China and the Roman Empire showed that they were powerful by investing a lot in public works like roads, bridges, canals, and protective walls! Rome made the aueducts and china e"panded the great wall of china! #lso, both emperors had supernatural forces to support their authority! Roman religious cults made the emperor more powerful! $he emperor was seen to be god like! %n China, the emperor ruled with the mandate of heaven! $he emperor also had to perform rituals to maintain the relationship between heaven and earth, which made the emperor seem necessary! #naly&e: $he emperors would need to show their power to control the people and make enemies think they are powerful! 'robably, people wouldn(t follow an emperor if he didn(t seem very powerful and he didn(t give a lot of benefits! $he roads, bridges, and other things also brought a lot of benefits! )ifferences:Han emperor *udi made an academy to train officials for bureaucracy with a curriculum based on Confucianism! Selection by merit! Ruled with good people! Rome relied on regional aristocratic elites and the army to rule with power and good law!#naly&e: Since china is reuniting separate kingdoms that used to be a single empire, the Hans learned from the past rulers! But, Rome is a new Empire that is e"panding, so the only effective way they knew is by using force, which is what China used to use!China: $o control foreign people, assimilated the foreign people culturally, linguistically, and even physically through intermarriage! Soon, the foreign people literally became Chinese people and their ways of thinking will line up with other and even the government! *ealthy people were educated with Confucianism! So their Confucianism will trickle down to the peasants, who will then pass it on to the foreigners!Rome: $hey controlled foreign people by offering citi&enship, which convinced them to follow Rome because of the benefits that would come with the citi&enship, such as the right to hold public office, to serve in the Roman military units known as legions, to wear a toga, and more!



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