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Civilization or civilisation comes from the Latin word civis meaning someone who lives in a town
When people are civilised, they live in large well-organized groups like towns, not in small tribes or isolated family groups.
However, a civilisation is something more than a town
It is an advanced stage of organisation
That means it has laws, culture, a regular way of getting food and protecting the people
Most civlisations have agriculture, and a system of government like monarchs or elections
They speak a common language, and usually have a religion of some kind
They teach their young the knowledge they need
All civilisations since the Sumerians and the Egyptians have some kind of writing
Writing lets people store and build up knowledge.
The Roman Empire is an example of a large civilization
It was governed from Rome
This empire once stretched from the Scottish borders to North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean
They had their own language, Latin.
Latin became the preferred method of communication among educated people until long after their civilization had vanished
Today lawyers and politicians, doctors and scientists, scholars and others still use Latin in the course of their everyday work, even though the Roman civilization died out more than 1,500 years ago
It is said that William Shakespeare excelled at Latin
Latin is still taught in some schools
We still admire and copy Roman architecture, use Roman numerals to count certain things, use the names of Roman gods to mark the days and months of our calendars, name the constellations in the sky by the same names that the Romans used and we model our Western political constitutions and structures on Roman models Senate, Governor, election, tribunal, justice, vote, census, even the word Constitution, are all Latin words, their meaning unchanged in thousands of years).
The Roman civilization lasted almost 1000 years, but the Ancient Egyptian civilization was older and lasted longer
The Romans and Egyptians fought each other in the Battle of Actium
Rome won, and Egypt became part of the Roman Empire.