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maninthestreet

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What have the Romans done for us?
« on: March 08, 2009, 11:21:04 pm »

Following on from the recent thread 'What has Shakespear(sic) ever done for you?' I thought I'd start a new thread about what the Romans have done for us.
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DARLEK1

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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 11:24:57 pm »

The thing that you drive your car on? I think it is called a road normally?

 Paul... :-)
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009, 11:26:29 pm »

Well they gave us the "standard" railway gauge of 4 feet 8.5 inches - if you believe popular folklore. It is based, apparently, on the grooves worn in Roman roads by the wheels of their carts, based on the width of a horse's ar*e!

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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 11:28:39 pm »

Regular baths.

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Well they gave us the "standard" railway gauge of 4 feet 8.5 inches - if you believe popular folklore. It is based, apparently, on the grooves worn in Roman roads by the wheels of their carts, based on the width of a horse's ar*e!

So Brunel had damn great horses on the GWR then?

Colin
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 11:42:05 pm »

Well they gave us the "standard" railway gauge of 4 feet 8.5 inches - if you believe popular folklore. It is based, apparently, on the grooves worn in Roman roads by the wheels of their carts, based on the width of a horse's ar*e!

Rick

A horse 4 feet 8.5 inches wide, is a very big horse.
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DARLEK1

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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2009, 11:46:49 pm »

ONE MASSIVE ASS! :-)
 bIT LIKE swambo! :o
 Paul... :-)
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009, 11:47:44 pm »

The romans gave us the dimensions for the space shuttle solid rocket boosters.

The boosters have to travel from the factory to the launch site through a rail tunnel.
The engineers designed the boosters to fit through the tunnel, on the rail cars riding
on standard gauge rail tracks based on the wheel ruts of a roman chariot based on the
width of a horses a$$. (two horses wide for chariots)  %)

(James Burke - Connections television series)
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DARLEK1

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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2009, 11:50:34 pm »

 :-) well said UMI, swambo's a$$ is still hooge thogh.

 Paul...
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2009, 11:51:11 pm »

I rest my case - and my ar*e

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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2009, 11:59:24 pm »

... have a look at "The life of Brian", there you will see what the Romans had ever made for us...  8)
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2009, 11:59:29 pm »

off the top of my head:
 Peace, roads, a monetary economy, glazed windows, underfloor heating, mass production, Architecture ,Art ,Literature ,Language,Sanitation, Aqueducts, Education, Irrigation,The calendar, Cement and bricks, Public heated baths, Turnips and carrots, Paved streets and pavements ,Apples, pears and grapes , Benefits (free food) for poor citizens, Roads, Wine, Cats, Stinging nettles,Street Cleaners ,Shops, Laws, Tenement Blocks, Public order, Firemen and Police, Parks ,Cabbages & peas, Public libraries, Public notices and advertisements,  pottery, literacy, improved agricultural techniques, Christianity, public buildings
My history teacher would be proud

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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 12:04:04 am »

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Plumbing, and as a result, lead poisoning....  %)
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2009, 12:07:16 am »

And blocked drains? :-)
 Paul...
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2009, 09:06:25 am »

Ok, apart from:

 Peace, roads, a monetary economy, glazed windows, underfloor heating, mass production, Architecture ,Art ,Literature ,Language,Sanitation, Aqueducts, Education, Irrigation,The calendar, Cement and bricks, Public heated baths, Turnips and carrots, Paved streets and pavements ,Apples, pears and grapes , Benefits (free food) for poor citizens, Roads, Wine, Cats, Stinging nettles,Street Cleaners ,Shops, Laws, Tenement Blocks, Public order, Firemen and Police, Parks ,Cabbages & peas, Public libraries, Public notices and advertisements,  pottery, literacy, improved agricultural techniques, Christianity, public buildings......

.....what have the Romans dones for us?????
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2009, 09:13:12 am »

The gave us Mayhem! - Didn't they invent the Forum? be grateful!

Colin
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2009, 10:04:57 am »

Nice one, Colin.
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2009, 11:13:25 am »

UMI, I don't think the Romans gave as many people lead poisoning, as Al Capone did!! {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2009, 03:42:14 pm »

Thet started building the town that I came from.
What a pity they didn't hang around long enough to complete it.
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2009, 04:58:00 pm »

Were to start on this one. Replaced a possible good system of government with the nightmare of continual dictatorships and for the best part of 400years behaved worse than the people they claimed to be civilizing. 
Bowwave >:-o
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2009, 05:01:53 pm »

 {-) the aquaduct   {-)
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2009, 05:18:44 pm »

They also gave us model boat combat using real people like nautical gladiators on small scale galleys. Called "Naumacia" it was fight to the death for prisoners, slaves on specially built "ponds" unless the Emperor decided otherwise. Makes the ball bearing crowd look kind of soft.
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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2009, 07:16:10 am »

... if I go just 1 mile further, I can see the rest of the Limes, that roman border which divided the barbarians.
And it gives me again the convictian, that nothing lasts forever.

Egyptian kings?

Carthargo?

Venezia?

Maya?

Inka?

Old Greek confederation?

Persia?

The Celtics?

All gone with the wind....
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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2009, 01:12:34 pm »

Ok, apart from:

 Peace, roads, a monetary economy, glazed windows, underfloor heating, mass production, Architecture ,Art ,Literature ,Language,Sanitation, Aqueducts, Education, Irrigation,The calendar, Cement and bricks, Public heated baths, Turnips and carrots, Paved streets and pavements ,Apples, pears and grapes , Benefits (free food) for poor citizens, Roads, Wine, Cats, Stinging nettles,Street Cleaners ,Shops, Laws, Tenement Blocks, Public order, Firemen and Police, Parks ,Cabbages & peas, Public libraries, Public notices and advertisements,  pottery, literacy, improved agricultural techniques, Christianity, public buildings......

.....what have the Romans dones for us?????


You've just sailed completely over the head of nearly everyone! - No big Python fans on this thread then {-) {-) {-)

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Re: What have the Romans done for us?
« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2009, 05:38:22 pm »

Were to start on this one. Replaced a possible good system of government with the nightmare of continual dictatorships and for the best part of 400years behaved worse than the people they claimed to be civilizing. 

And don't forget taxes. Another great invention of theirs.
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2009, 07:03:30 pm »

Were to start on this one. Replaced a possible good system of government with the nightmare of continual dictatorships and for the best part of 400years behaved worse than the people they claimed to be civilizing. 
Bowwave >:-o

Their lasting achievement was to create institutional corruption as a way of government.  The rest of the world has been following their example ever since.  Of course, they could well have copied it, but they definitely refined the process.
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