Looking Back to Move Forward, Part I:

Learning about Long-Term Strategy from the Romans


Blaine D. Pope, Ph.D.


This is the first in a brief series of articles on lessons modern human beings can learn from studying the distant past. It is an exercise in historical pattern recognition. This article implicitly asks, “To what extent do the events we are witnessing today resemble events seen in the past?” Broadly speaking, this article will compare and contrast socio-economic dynamics of the Roman Empire of Late Antiquity and/or the early Medieval/Byzantine period against 21st century America. …

Blaine D. Pope, Ph.D.

Lecturer in business strategy, California State Univ., Northridge. Formerly adjunct assistant professor in environmental science and policy at Columbia Univ.

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