There are plenty of parallels between the new Rome and the old one.
In today’s U.S., Dreamers are undocumented young people who were brought here as children—much as Christ's parents took him to Galilee. Should he have been deported?
Demonstrators are using protests to raise awareness of the expansion of drone bases across America.
If the Romans taught us anything, it is that their republic was built on excluding the many.
The phrase "bread and circuses," coined by a Roman satirist who said the commoners had to be provided food to prevent their rioting and public spectacles to distract them from Augustus' tyranny, rings true today—with a key difference.
Historians used the Gini coefficient, a modern measure of wealth inequality, to compare disparities between the classes in the Roman Empire 150 years after the death of Christ and those in the United States today. The ancients, with their ranks of plebeians, patricians and senators, scored slightly better than we did. (more)