Currency → Wage Labor 


Greece, the largest democracy in its day, was puny in size compared to its successor, the Roman Republic, which took the Greek passion for politics and elevated it above all else. By doing so, it was able to assimilate all kinds of foreign cultures and territories,  eventually stretching thousands of miles over oceans and mountain ranges. It also initiated the idea of paying its civil servants for their service, opening up the political process to all classes of people.

It was Rome’s standardized currency, handmade paper, bureaucracy, and cutting edge postal communications network that enabled its Empire to spread far and wide while maintaining citizen loyalty to the state through paid labor. The Roman coin and the use of wage labor became a very efficient mechanism of democratic advancement, providing a means by which people thousands of miles apart could work together, reach a consensus and agree on important decisions based on the value of things like new roads, bathhouses, arenas, aqueducts and garrisons.

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