Jesse Hall Period 5 March 7,2011 Time Traveller Compare and Contrast Essay The Vikings and Romans The Vikings and Romans are two great civilizations. Both of thecivilizations existed at different times, but they are alike in a few ways. TheViking and Roman civilizations are great in warfare, they have a powerfulgovernment, and conversions in religion. The Vikings and Romans made some of the greatest achievements inhistory. Both of the civilizations invaded large landmasses, however the Vikingsinvaded mostly Europe, and the Romans invaded the southern part of Europe,northern Africa, the Greek Empire, and the Persian Empire. The Vikings way ofwarfare differs from the Romans way of warfare by the fact that the Vikings ledunorderly raids on villages using men as the most powerful weapon forﬁghting. The Romans, on the other hand, used men and catapults as one of thebest weapons as well as the greek Hoplite Phalanx. In a basic sense, theVikings led raids, while the Romans led actual wars against other civilizations,Because the Vikings fought maybe for a day when the Romans would ﬁght foryears.
The Vikings, unlike the Romans, had a vast amount of kings that led theirempire. The Romans however were controlled by aristocrats in the early yearsof their civilization, and later the Romans moved to kings, and many of whomruled like tyrants. Overtime, the Roman culture developed the sense that to bea king of Rome was a bad thing, and the term “king” was like a “bad word.” Sothe Romans moved to emperors and at sometimes the emperors would declarethemselves dictator over the empire. The Vikings and Romans are some of theexamples of the best rulers in history. The Vikings were pagans. They believed in many gods. The Vikingsbelieved in two places for their afterlife. One place was a foggy underworldcalled Niﬂheim. You only went to Niﬂheim when you didn’t die in battle. Theother place was called Valhalla. Warriors that died in war and not of naturalcauses. In this heaven, dead heroes feasted at long tables., and to get toValhalla was to die in battle, and to be picked up by the Valkyries, warrior-maidens that ﬂy through the sky sent by Odin, and they would be brought bythe Valkyries to Valhalla. Some of the Viking Gods were Odin, Frigg, Balder,Freyja, Freyr, Thor, and Loki. They lived up in a sky world called Asgard. Theyhad many myths. When the Vikings settled in England during the 900s C.E., themajority of the Vikings adopted Christianity, while some practiced their oldreligion. The Romans to believed in many gods. When the a Roman citizendied, it was believed that they went to the underworld. The gods that the
Romans believed in were like humans but with magical powers. The Romangods were part of a family like the Viking gods. The Romans also told mythsabout their gods too. A few of the Roman gods were Saturn, Jupiter, Juno,Neptune, Minerva, Mars, and Venus. Overtime, like the Vikings, the Romansadopted Christianity as the state religion. The Vikings and Romans were very much alike, but yet so different.Unlike the Vikings, the Romans had an organized military, were the ﬁrstcivilization to have a dictator, and took after the Greeks in ideas. The Vikingson the other hand were skilled in exploration, and were experts in warfare. TheViking and Roman civilizations are great in warfare, they have a powerfulgovernment, and conversions in religion.
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