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this was a topic started by someone on another site. What do you think was the greates inovation of the Romans. Personally I go with the Roman Roads, they revolutionized travel, building on the great royal roads of the Persian empire. <p>O xein angellein Lakedaimoniois hoti tede keimetha tois keinon rhemasi peithomenoi -<br>
Good choice. It's hard to think of anything they invented.<br>
Did they invent aqueducts ? <p></p><i></i>
how about concrete ? <p></p><i></i>
Honesty commands me to admit I did not think of the following myself:<br>
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<em>What did the Romans ever do for us? Well, apart from plumbing, concrete, roads, law and order and the modern day calendar, the Romans also invented a communication method that was used until quite recently - <strong>shorthand</strong>.<br>
In 63 BC Marcus Tullius Tiro perfected a system of Latin shorthand to preserve Cicero's speeches.</em><br>
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the calendar - at least its now winter when the calendar also says its winter. <p>-------------------------------------------------------<br>
A great flame follows a little spark.<br>
Dante Alighieri,The Divine Comedy<br>
For my money one the greatest 'missed' inventions/discoveries of the Romans was blood circulation and blood pressure which I believe Galen hinted at.<br>
I wonder what the medical world would have been like if this hadn't been urm, forgotten?<br>
But I might be well off. <p>Graham Ashford<br>
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In spite of competition from aqueducts, concrete, watermills, strategic road networks, brick arches and vaulting, hypocausts, the Julian calendar and the entertainment business, I vote for<br>
precedent-based civil law and the legal profession.<br>
Nobody likes lawyers, most people are scared of the law and everyone has a good story of justice aborted to tell, but for one second imagine what our world would be like without the Roman concept of 'Law'. <p></p><i></i>


I'd say the concept of a professional army, with standard gear and unit orgaization. All modern armies take after the Roman example. <p></p><i></i>
For those who have not had the chance to read it...<br>
Would love to hear some good critics to this article. It says Galen did not quite catch on the concept of circulation of the blood but rather that it ebbed and flowed. <p></p><i></i>