I am tutoring a boy in World History. He is maybe 1/4 Italian, and he wants to know what were the Italians (Romans?) doing in the 17th and 18th century…while so much anguish and bloodshed is going on under the rule of the British Kings, esp. James I and Charles I?
I’m not sure how Caeser came to power, but is it right to conclude the Romans went through a similar mess much earlier than the Brits? He noticed how the Italian Rennaisance started a early as the 1300’s. Was Rome (Italy?) any more civilized than England or France during the 1600’s-1700’s, or was it than there were no Protestants living on Italian soil? Or, were the Italians simply ahead of their time?
I’m not sure myself how to answer him. Why don’t we hear more about life in late Rome (or early Italy)? Maybe some history buff Sdoper will enlighten us? (And, why didn’t Italy colonize the world as Portugal and Spain initiated - thanks to Italy’s Christopher Colombus?)