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Most certainly. The famous example is the Delphi Oracle. Everyone who wanted to ask it a question brought a gift. The gifts were held in some place in the temple (apparently open for display). Several times in history it was robbed, and once such a robbery led to a major war. There is plenty of evidence in the ancient literature that other temples were also ...


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According to this reference to Roman temples, from A Concise Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities... As was the case with Greek temples vast stores of treasure sacred public or private were frequently preserved in the temples of the Romans treasuries were usually cellar like cavities the immense mass of concrete which forms bulk of the podium ...


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On a minor detail, as far as I know ancient Roman law had several stages and ages of majority. Roman boys had a ceremony to remove the toga praetexta with a broad purple border, and their protective bulla praetexa amulets, and assume the pure white toga virilis, the toga of manhood, at 14, considered to be the age of male puberty in ancient Rome. Roman ...


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I think they left some ideas that still resinate in western culture. The word "spartan" means "marked by strict self-discipline or self-denial" or "marked by simplicity, frugality, or avoidance of luxury and comfort" definition The word "laconic" "using few words in speech or writing" [definition] Most significantly, I've read that Plato was greatly ...


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Spartans gave canonical examples (for Western culture) of what is called "noble behavior", and heroism.


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Books were copied by hand, laboriously. Then they were distributed (lent or sold) to a handful of influential people, most of whom were rich. There were so few books around (and so few people capable of reading) that when a new book came out, the few "readers" would jump on it. But little money was generated because there were so few copies. People wrote ...


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Alex has given a good general answer. Let me add a detail: The ancient Jews had a simple system for mass-producing copies of Scripture: Get a room-full of scribes. One stands in front with the book to be copied. The rest sit at desks with blank paper. The guy at the front reads slowly, while the rest write down what he says. Then they had various schemes to ...


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Sparta could actually be called the birthplace of democracy. Tho Sparta had a small voting population by today's standards (probably around ~3%), it was transformative for the time. Democracy was even suggested by at least some of the population. A story I've read was that a man once argued that Sparta (circa 850BC before they created the Apella) should ...


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Its not in any way a given that the desirability of a government should coincide with the length of time it manages to stick around for. Never-the-less, ancient democracies had pretty good track records as far as governments go. Sparta lasted for 400 years, Athens for 250, the Roman Republic for almost 500 years. If you include states with even more limited ...


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No, the original author did not get royalties. In fact, often times original authors of works would not be known, or people would write works and attribute them to more famous authors in an effort to get them more widely distributed (up to half of Paul's Epistles are thought to have been authored this way). Since there was no printing, and most people were ...


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There was no publishers, no royalties, and no copyright. All these things were invented after the spread of the printer press. If you are a scientist/philosopher, you would write your book yourself, or hire a scribe if you are rich enough. Then you will send it to a friend, and/or read to your students. Almost all books in mathematics and astronomy begin ...


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In an article about the Column of Trajan I read that the Romans temporarily adopted arm armor (like that used by some gladiators) during the Dacian War because some of the allies of the Dacians were known for cutting off arms in battle - "disarming" their enemies.



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