AfterwordOn Rome, Fishing, and the Upside of “Gut”

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”

—Napoléon Bonaparte

Rome, more than any other ancient regime, is the model after which we have built modern civilization. The very idea of a Republic with elected representatives comes from Rome. Even the name of one of the houses of the U.S. Congress, the Senate, comes from Rome. The power and extent of Rome’s influence has never been surpassed, though some countries—most notably France under Napoléon and Germany under Hitler—have tried.

At the heart of Rome’s influence and power lies the innovation in military tactics afforded by its highly disciplined professional armies, the famed Roman legions. Roman military ...

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