What are similarities that our current American society shares with ancient Rome with respect to the artistic, architectural, political, ideological, or religious aspects of culture?

Some similarities between our current American society and that of ancient Rome include the republican voting system of the early Republic, our focus on infrastructure, enjoyment of games and festivals, and nationalism. Both Rome and America employed or employ a nation-centric approach to foreign policy and considered or consider themselves the greatest nation in the world.

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Like the Roman Republic, American society has a representative body, Congress. American politicians also seek to expand the influence of the United States globally in order to bolster economic opportunities for and nationalism in its citizens. Most Romans felt proud to be part of Rome; it was the largest empire...

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Like the Roman Republic, American society has a representative body, Congress. American politicians also seek to expand the influence of the United States globally in order to bolster economic opportunities for and nationalism in its citizens. Most Romans felt proud to be part of Rome; it was the largest empire in the world. Ancient Romans looked at outsiders as barbarians. Many Americans view outsiders as unequal to themselves as well.

Ancient Rome placed a great deal of emphasis on its entertainments and luxury goods. The latter days of Rome were marked with festivals, sporting events, and goods from all over the world. The United States enjoys its spectator sports and one professional football team, the Tennessee Titans, even named their stadium the Colosseum. Just as Roman gladiators were heroes to many in Rome, American professional athletes are some of the highest-paid members of society. Americans live in a society that values consumer goods. Similarly to upper-echelon Romans, Americans also demand goods from around the world.

Many Christian religious holidays in the United States have ties to ancient Rome. Easter traditions of rabbits and eggs have a lot in common with Roman fertility rites. Many US holidays have religious undertones. Religion remained important to Rome from the days of polytheism to the conversion to Christianity.

Roman architecture is often tied to its infrastructure. Romans valued form in their aqueducts and roads. The United States values its infrastructure similarly. Many politicians campaign on improving roads and water supplies for their constituents.

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