Are We Rome?
By Murphy, Cullen
Kevin Renell Student
Hist 112-4412, US History
Spring Semester 2008
April 25, 2008
Murphy, Cullen. Are We Rome? Boston. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007, 262pp.
Are We Rome? This is a very intriguing book that takes a look at the civilization of ancient Rome in comparison with America today. The book begins by bringing you back to a day in Roman history and examining what takes place there. In then transfers you to an average day in America and what can be seen there. Throughout this entire book it is constantly comparing both nations for both similarities and differences.
Are We Rome? Is organized into 5 different part and includes a Prologue and an Epilogue. Each of these different parts are there own chapters. In the Prologue it gives what Murphy calls the “Six Parallels.” These are the six main similarities between ancient Rome and America Today. This is a very important part which will set up the major parts of the book later. The first parallel is The way we as Americans, and more specifically the way people in Washington, see America today. We look at it as the center of the world. The Roman too saw there great nation as the center of life where all other nation revolved around. The second parallel is military power. The way both nations would look at returning soldiers and the way that both military powers became so spread out we had to rely on other nations for help. The third is “privatization”. This is the difference between private and public obligations. The Fourth is both nations mutual ignorance towards other nations. The fifth is the issue of borders. Finally the sixth is the complexity of such mega-powers. These six parallels are the focus of the book.
While the author found many other similarities then these sis parallels, he also found many differences. Constantly throughout the book he would look at and issue and see how both nations are in...