You're literally doing it right now... The west is essentially the largest empire on earth, a continuation of the roman empire and you're living in it, but you can't see the forest for all the trees, i guess.
> British, French, Australians, and N.Z. troops all eager for the fray. Hundreds of cruisers, dreadnoughts, super dreadnoughts, submarines torpedo destroyers and torpedo boats, all making a wonderful picture. It makes you realize the great might and strength of OUR empire and you can even feel a thrill of pride run through you as you realize that you yourself are part (If a very insignificant one) of this vast and magnificent brotherhood of people." - Corporal Moysten Price Jones of the New Zealand Canterbury Battalion, writing to his mother before the invasion of Gallipoli Not related to the Roman Empire, but I agree with your sentiment about being a part of it. It must feel amazing to be apart of something legendary that you know well be significant for generations.
Most commoners probably could not read and had no ideas about what the Roman "empire" was. Remember, there were no newspapers, no aricles, no pictures no cinema news or tv or radio. Unlike today there probably was very little consciousness of the empire as an empire and only those in power positions shared that consciousness(nobles high ranking military and high ranking bureaucrats and traders).
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