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The Roman Empire (Latin: Imperium Romanum, Greek: Βασιλεία τῶν Ῥωμαίων) was an ancient civilization with large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean in Europe, Africa and Asia.
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- The Roman came into the Promised Land that had become less and less as promised. The rich got along quite well with the foreign occupation; it provided protection from desperate peasants and patriotic resistance fighters. It provided protection from prophets who could be labeled "agitators" now, without any qualms.
- Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope (1959), in Man on His Own (1970), p. 121