Who Do We Think Gets To Think About The Roman Empire? : 1A How much do you think about the Roman Empire?

It's a question that men the world over were asked by friends and loved ones who use the video-sharing app TikTok in recent days.

A recent viral trend asserts that dudes spend a surprising amount of time ruminating on barbarian invasions, Hadrian's Wall, fights in the Coliseum, and much more.

It's a fun silly trend. But it illustrates a broader point about how we think about who thinks about history. (We think about this a lot.)

We discuss what how we think about the Roman Empire says about us.

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Who Do We Think Gets To Think About The Roman Empire?

Who Do We Think Gets To Think About The Roman Empire?

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People dressed as soldiers of the ancient Rome march in front of the Coliseum during a parade to celebrate the anniversary of the legendary foundation of the city of Rome. TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People dressed as soldiers of the ancient Rome march in front of the Coliseum during a parade to celebrate the anniversary of the legendary foundation of the city of Rome.

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How much do you think about the Roman Empire?

It's a question that men the world over were asked by friends and loved ones who use the video-sharing app TikTok in recent days.

A recent viral trend asserts that dudes spend a surprising amount of time ruminating on barbarian invasions, Hadrian's Wall, fights in the Coliseum, and much more.

It's a fun silly trend. But it illustrates a broader point about how we think about who thinks about history. (We think about this a lot.)

What does the way we think of the Roman Empire say about us? How could we think about it differently?

We talk to Angela Watercutter, a senior editor at WIRED, and Doug Boin, a history professor at St. Louis University.

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