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Roman Luxury
(Revelation 18.9)
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"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her." (Revelation 18.9)

From Every Land

Luxury of RomeHere we had the mourning song of the kings of the earth for Ancient Rome. Again and again we heard of the greatness, wealth and sheer extravagance. There was a Talmud saying, "ten measures of wealth came down into the world, ancient Rome received nine and all the rest of the world only one."


Roman LuxuryOne famous scholar said that in modern times we are babes in the matter of enjoyment compared with the ancient world. Another remarked that our most extravagant "luxury" is poverty compared with the exuberance and magnificence of Ancient Rome.

From Every Land

Alexandrian ShipIn this first century picture, the world was pouring its "luxury" and riches into the lap of Rome. Aristides (BC 530-468) the ancient Athenian statesman wrote, "The long peace, the safety of the seas, and the freedom of trade, had made Rome the entry way for the specialty products and delicacies of every land from the British Channel to the Ganges." "Merchandise was brought from every land and sea, everything that every season and every country produced, the products of rivers and lakes, the arts of the Greeks and the Barbarians, so that, if anyone were to wish to see all these things, he would either have to visit the whole inhabited world to see them or go to Ancient Rome."

"Roman Luxury"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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