Ancient China vs Ancient Rome, which is tougher?
Ancient China and Ancient Rome, are the two most powerful Empire in the ancient world, West Rome fall in 5th century, East Rome fall in 13th century. China fall in mid 19th century. But we can't denier they were the most powerful, till then. But, the two of them never engage in war and only trade, in Persia. (Because traveling back and forward between the two take 6 years minimum) there are much debate amount historians which would have upper hand in war, most Eastern historians believe Rome would win, but Western historian believe China is more powerful. What do you think?
Rome, with their superior weapons, tactics, and unity would have easily destroyed China.
China's strength is in gung-ho unity, numbers, and tactics. But, Rome proved they could beat superior numbers, outmaneuver skilled commanders, and Roman legions had extreme discipline and worked together as one.
Further, ancient China was greatly divided. Rome would have conquered.
But Roman could never conquer and hold Persia. At its height, Rome could never hold Germania, which was confederated and not organized at all.
Actually, this is interesting, because I am looking through info about the US and it seem number also contribute to US' strength, because, despite been 1st world, US's average economy isn't the strongest, some countries are twice as strong.
They were probably evenly matched. The Mongolian rulers might help settle the difference for us since they successfully linked east and west for a time. Let's see...Kublai Khan conquered China and established the Yuan Dynasty a little after the Italians of Venice conquered Constantinople. Both conquests were temporary. Both the Roman Empire and the Chinese Empire had been fighting off armies of mounted archers from the steppes of Mongolia for nearly 1,000 years before the 13th Century. I really don't think either side would gain the upper hand in a war.
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