When Roman “Barbarians” Met the Asian Enlightenment
Ben Thomas
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Tldr;

Ultimately, this sounds like you simply favor eastern culture over western culture my man. Based on the Moldeski and Morris models, population levels in both areas were roughly on par in the largest cities, and aside from paper and porcelain, there really wasn’t much that China could produce that Rome couldn’t. Meanwhile, Rome had a plethora of other implementations of technology that China didn’t have. Both had complex civil governments, both were very powerful, and both traded together. Its not an accident that the west focuses on its forebears, and that definitely biases us towards them, but to state that one was in any tangible way wholly “better” completely ignores the accomplishments of one to favor the other.

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