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Old May 16 2013, 02:02 AM   #18
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Re: The Romulans as "Space Romans"

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It seems like too easy an explanation for their society and doesn't take into account the long and confusing history of Roman Society.
Whats confusing about Roman Society? Any society that last for centuries is going to evolve and change.

While the creators of Star Trek borrowed from the Romans in naming the Romulans as a species and individuals, the actual source for Balance of Terror was a WWII submarine film. And the isolation of Romulans is more reminiscent of Japan and China at various points in history.
Its confusing because the Roman Empire existed for a thousand years and went through massive changes in that amount of time, so just calling them "Space Romans" as some people do, doesn't really tell you anything about them, really.

It just seems like the Romulan Empire seems very under developed compared to other societies on the Star Trek TV shows.
For most people "Roman" means Imperial Rome at it height,as seen in the movies. They aren't thinking of The Eastern Empire, the Holy Roman Empire or Tony Roma's.

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I think what The Overlord is getting at is that the only things that are remotely Roman about the Romulans, are their names.

As such tagging them as "Space Romans" makes no sense.
Very few fans, if any, I've encountered refer to them as "Space Romans". That was just a starting point for developing the Romulans. By the Enterprise Incident, they didn't even use Roman sounding names anymore.
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