Roman influence penetrated deep into Africa. Their influence and outright conquest penetrated deep into the Middle East. Iraq was briefly a province of Rome; Egypt, permanently. Had the Persian Empire not been so embroiled with Rome, it could have pressured the other civilizations to its south (India) and east (China).
This was the age of the spread of Christianity, accelerated greatly by the stability of the Roman Empire.
Even 2 millenia later, no empire has held such a hold on the public imagination as the Roman.
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