How Often Do You Think About The Roman Empire?

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This is a trending question currently going around on Tic Tok. Thousands upon thousands of people are being asked this question, I got asked today, my answer was "Hardly at all" (aged 66)

The statistics were interesting. People aged 18-40 say they think about it twice a week on average, one guy said every two hours. After 40, thinking about it declines rapidly.

The answer as to why this is so is still a mystery. Although, true to say, thinking much about anything like that is not really a priority when you age unless your a history buff.

So, I will pose the question.......
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    The statistics were interesting. People aged 18-40 say they think about it twice a week on average, one guy said every two hours. After 40, thinking about it declines rapidly.
    If you refer to answers on TikTok as 'statistics' - you're lost to begin with. Do you believe normal people 18-40 think of the Roman Empire twice a week?

    Although, true to say, thinking much about anything like that is not really a priority when you age unless your a history buff.
    Says who? or is it whom? I don't believe that's true.

    Maybe the numbers 'prove' that younger people will lie about anything to feel like part of the 'group'.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      If you refer to answers on TikTok as 'statistics' - you're lost to begin with. Do you believe normal people 18-40 think of the Roman Empire twice a week?


      Says who? or is it whom? I don't believe that's true.

      Maybe the numbers 'prove' that younger people will lie about anything to feel like part of the 'group'.
      I was told that of the answers so far point to more thoughts about it in the 18-40 group. Not a difficult demographic to ascertain.

      You may not be one of them, but if you are getting less fit and more ill, more often as you move into your 40's, fifties and sixties. Having thoughts and interests about things and history in the world does tend to wane. I still have interests like science, astronomy, technology and the paranormal (something which older people possibly contemplate more) but I like easy on the eye entertainment these days, rather than watching in depth docu's on world history.

      Your a great dog lover. They say that generally you get ten good years out of a dog. After that it's more vets bills as it begins to wane. Life can be like that for us as well. Though not for all, many exceptions of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

    This is a trending question currently going around on Tic Tok. Thousands upon thousands of people are being asked this question, I got asked today, my answer was "Hardly at all" (aged 66)

    The statistics were interesting. People aged 18-40 say they think about it twice a week on average, one guy said every two hours. After 40, thinking about it declines rapidly.

    The answer as to why this is so is still a mystery. Although, true to say, thinking much about anything like that is not really a priority when you age unless your a history buff.

    So, I will pose the question.......
    After watching Indiana Jones - And the Dial of Destiny l am thinking about the Romans at least once a day, and Nazi's.

    No one will understand what l just said until they stream or wait a month or so for the DVD, but all l will say is that it is a must see for history buffs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Funny that you ask. I think about the Roman Empire and ancient Greece quite frequently. There's several series of lectures by Professor J. Rufus Fears available from thegreatcourses.com (I get them free from my library's app) that I listen to repeatedly when I'm out for walks. I highly recommend them and any other courses by Fears. He has one called "Life Lessons from The Great Books" that is outstanding.
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    • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Funny that you ask. I think about the Roman Empire and ancient Greece quite frequently. There's several series of lectures by Professor J. Rufus Fears available from thegreatcourses.com (I get them free from my library's app) that I listen to repeatedly when I'm out for walks. I highly recommend them and any other courses by Fears. He has one called "Life Lessons from The Great Books" that is outstanding.
      Whenya can sense historic undahcurrents in the available cheese before yr very eyes, you can head back to the jacuzzi.

      Like continents, so mucha the buildin' blocks for stuffs we gaht gowin' inform us kinda more grandly & unseenly than we might wanna say.

      Plus also there is a reason why toga rhymes with yoga.

      Most snazzo yoga pant fabric hugs yr shape as you move from stance to flow.

      But a toga always gonna fall offa your legs whenya vulnrbyool & exposed, an' you gotta let that happen sumtimes.

      Kinda kick out an' what the hey, yanno?

      My view?

      The Romans gaht too fonda their armor an' their swords.

      Sure, they gaht plenty hot water smoothin' out their delicatest evah flaps, but they gaht too crazy on their own hype.

      That is my view as a Princess prolly been buried with a mummified cat at age 6yo had I walked the Earth back then steada functioned as a source of imutabyool inspiration today.

      No ... waitaminute -- that was the ****in' Egyptians warnit?

      Cultural tectonics move us more than we can evah say -- an' frankly this is more of a liability the less you informed 'bout shit.

      * For the record, I DO NAHT EVAH wanna be buried with no cat. I demand propulsively reincarnated Benedict Cumberbatch types with their gladdest of I/Us out.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Funny that you ask. I think about the Roman Empire and ancient Greece quite frequently. There's several series of lectures by Professor J. Rufus Fears available from thegreatcourses.com (I get them free from my library's app) that I listen to repeatedly when I'm out for walks. I highly recommend them and any other courses by Fears. He has one called "Life Lessons from The Great Books" that is outstanding.
      Agreed Archimedes developed advanced weapondry for his time.

      Archimedes' Claw

      The Archimedes claw was a device used to demonstrate the power of leverage. Archimedes used long ropes affixed to a ship to tip it over with minimal force. The defenders of Syracuse used this principle by firing ropes with a crow's-head-shaped device at the Roman ships and pulling on the ropes to overturn the ships or to dash them on Syracuse's rugged coastline. It is uncertain how the claws were delivered. Suggestions vary from cranes to catapults and trebuchet-like devices.

      Burning Mirrors

      Twelfth century historians John Tzetzes and John Zonares credit Archimedes with using a system of mirrors to direct the heat of the sun at Roman ships, setting them ablaze. Zonares goes so far as to claim that Archimedes destroyed the Roman fleet this way. Many modern historians and scientists consider these claims dubious. However, a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering students were successful in replicating the feat of setting a ship ablaze using only mirrors in a 2005 set test, lending plausibility to the legend that Archimedes invented a death ray using mirrors.
      As l said you will be thinking more about ancient Greece after watching that latest Indiana Jones movie.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

    This is a trending question currently going around on Tic Tok. Thousands upon thousands of people are being asked this question, I got asked today, my answer was "Hardly at all" (aged 66)

    The statistics were interesting. People aged 18-40 say they think about it twice a week on average, one guy said every two hours. After 40, thinking about it declines rapidly.

    The answer as to why this is so is still a mystery. Although, true to say, thinking much about anything like that is not really a priority when you age unless your a history buff.

    So, I will pose the question.......


    I thought about the Roman Empire the other day while
    watching Kirk Douglas in Spartacus.

    Prior to that I thought about it while I was researching
    something for something I was developing.

    I don't remember when I thought about it before then,
    but I know the Romans invented paved roads.

    So my answer is - once in a blue moon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post


    The answer as to why this is so is still a mystery. Although, true to say, thinking much about anything like that is not really a priority when you age unless your a history buff.

    So, I will pose the question.......
    You asking the question doesn't make me think about the Roman Empire at all.....but it does make me think about you.

    You crazy little weasel, you.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

      You asking the question doesn't make me think about the Roman Empire at all.....but it does make me think about you.

      You crazy little weasel, you.
      I did work for a firm called Centurion Security once. You must have known.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    I don't get the question or why it is even interesting.

    Christianity probably plays into why many people think about the Roman Empire today.
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    • Profile picture of the author Monetize
      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      I don't get the question or why it is even interesting.

      Christianity probably plays into why many people think about the Roman Empire today.


      There's nothing to get.

      It's just a random nonsensical question.

      Unless you are a scholar, historian or student, you have
      no reason to think about the Roman Empire on a regular
      basis.

      The question could have been how often do you think
      about Jupiter.

      On this forum the question should be how often do you
      think about making money.
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      • Profile picture of the author Odahh
        Originally Posted by Monetize View Post

        There's nothing to get.

        It's just a random nonsensical question.

        Unless you are a scholar, historian or student, you have
        no reason to think about the Roman Empire on a regular
        basis.

        The question could have been how often do you think
        about Jupiter.

        On this forum the question should be how often do you
        think about making money.
        Well this section of the forum makes me ask will I spend my free time after I turn 60 watching endless reruns of crime shows. Or filling that time asking a range of nonsense questions to people in some section of what ever social media is 15 years from now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by Monetize View Post

        There's nothing to get.

        It's just a random nonsensical question.

        Unless you are a scholar, historian or student, you have
        no reason to think about the Roman Empire on a regular
        basis.
        I will respectfully disagree with this. I think the American education system should spend more time on Roman history, literature, and philosophy, along with units in corresponding Greek subjects. The Romans and Greeks have already answered many of the Great Questions and their histories provide great insights into presents day issues.

        That said, I think most people should just spend more time thinking in general. On any subject. Its seems most people live a purely reactionary life.
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        • Profile picture of the author Monetize
          Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

          Well this section of the forum makes me ask will I spend my free time after I turn 60 watching endless reruns of crime shows. Or filling that time asking a range of nonsense questions to people in some section of what ever social media is 15 years from now.

          You never fail to crack me up.

          People don't watch endless crime show reruns when they turn 60.



          Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

          I will respectfully disagree with this. I think the American education system should spend more time on Roman history, literature, and philosophy, along with units in corresponding Greek subjects. The Romans and Greeks have already answered many of the Great Questions and their histories provide great insights into presents day issues.

          I addressed that when I wrote "scholar, historian or student."
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by Monetize View Post

            You never fail to crack me up.

            People don't watch endless crime show reruns when they turn 60.






            I addressed that when I wrote "scholar, historian or student."
            Not really. The take away being that, if taught in school, we can continue to apply it throughout our lives. Just because one isn't a scholar, historian or student, shouldn't mean the lessons are vacated from memory to never be thought of again.
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            • Profile picture of the author Monetize
              Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

              Not really. The take away being that, if taught in school, we can continue to apply it throughout our lives. Just because one isn't a scholar, historian or student, shouldn't mean the lessons are vacated from memory to never be thought of again.

              Really?

              What did you learn about the Roman Empire that you
              have applied throughout your life.

              I don't mean the impact the Romans have had on our
              language, laws, infrastructure, and architecture, but
              how you've applied your knowledge about that era to
              your everyday life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    This topic didn't appear due to 'thinking' but due to social media.

    This is a trending question currently going around on Tic Tok
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    The tik tok 'question' is described as (1 day ago):

    In the Roman Empire trend on TikTok, women record interactions with their husbands or boyfriends in which they ask them how often they think about the Roman Empire or to share the last time they thought about it.


    Then apparently they run back to tiktok to tell what the boyfriend/husband said...right. Purely reactionary? Kind of funny when you think about it...(see what i did there?)
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    The tik tok 'question' is described as (1 day ago):
    In the Roman Empire trend on TikTok, women record interactions with their husbands or boyfriends in which they ask them how often they think about the Roman Empire or to share the last time they thought about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Such an asinine question. Really stupid. Sorry, but it is !!

    It's "lets think of something so bizarre that it goes viral and makes someone money"
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I think about it every once in a while, in this context: Many people say that we can learn about how to protect our own country by studying the fall of the Roman Empire. I am planning to research more about that.

    Other than that, I would say never.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rully
    I saw this trend today and I didn't understand the meaning or purpose behind it. I think about it once in a while but I don't think it's that important.
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  • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
    Gotta figure evry time haht water splashes all joocylicious against my flesh when I sweetenin' musself up in the showah how it is a natchrl consequence of a world ordah empowahed by conflict, slavery an' oppression -- plus rn I don't give AF.

    Milk glories.
    Snuff shame.

    Sounds like an' actschwaan plan for the ultimate military -- but it ain't.

    V could be **** OFF or 5.

    Gotta hope we take the best of the Romans daily in our stride an' forget alla the feedin' Christians to the lions part.

    We are infused with the stuffa them days (shop for clocks an' you will SEE IT), but yeah we don't gotta kill or enslave nowan same.

    Plus also, toga-style clothin' remains simultaneously filosofy-enhancin' an' deep & dirty FILTHMONGERIN'.

    Intrinsically more evocative than capes, kimonos or flouncy I Jus' Won An Oscah apparel.
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