en...freerepublic.com...i bet my history teacher won't let me use that as a source to write an essay, anyways
Rome is a great empire with huge size and large population (50 million)...and it is in someway a democracy (at least in the Repulic era), and it is a society of law, with intense law studies that build the foundation of today's western law studies..
During ancient time,historians tend to exaggrate the numbers grossly...usuually by millions.....if you use your logic..it is really hard to even provide food and water for 1 million man today, how about over 2000 years ago with bad road and animal carts??
Persia was defeated by Greek states although Persia was many times larger....because afterall, Persia is just a relatively uncivilized society compared to Greek world, which has very high cultural achievement..
and while Persia is a brutal totalitirian state, Greek at least introduced some form of democracy..very advanced..
so does Rome..
I respect your natinalist view about Persia (sort of , as Persia does not exist anymore), and Persia is cool, but the you have to understand there is a reason why Persia is taught less in books compared to Rome, and China.