204: Debate #3

The Blessings of Civilization

"The Romans called the Pax Romana a 'Time of Happiness.' It was the fulfillment of Rome's mission--the creation of a world-state that provided peace, security, ordered civilization, and the rule of law" (Marvin Perry, Margaret Jacob, James Jacob. Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society).

Resolved: During the period known as the Pax Romana, it was a great blessing to live within the boundaries of the Roman Empire.

Debate teams must use information from assigned readings. If they choose to do any additional research, they must share the information they find with the opposing team. Both teams should focus on evidence from the imperial period, from 27 BC to 212 AD to support their position.

Please see the first debate for details on paper assignments for judges and format of the debate.