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When I first wrote this page about the meaning of "romans" the approach was to look at its definition – rather like a disambiguation effort. That content is still shown below – "Romans" is very generic term which can refer to a variety of areas and meanings. In this page we draw a number of these together and I hope to go a little further by applying a further, deeper, consideration regarding how the term "Romans" came to vary through time: What was Roman society when Rome was first created and what was it when Rome fell or indeed Roman society after the fall of the Roman empire? The image points to how the various aspects and facets of "roman society" evolved through time (say 1000 years between 500BC versus 500AD):

The word "Romans" is a collective noun, taken to refer to Roman society in general. Roman society evolved through time and eventually broke down from the unitary Roman during the early kingdom (image left) to a disunited and heterogeneous definition at the time of the fall of the Roman empire when a number of dichotomies developed (image right).

This collective view of themselves as a single people is perhaps most evident in the popular "SPQR" which was stamped on publicly owned assets – "Senatus Populusque Romanus" – Belonging to the Senate and the People of Rome!



"Romans" is also the name used for an epistle (letter) written by the Roman Christian Saint Paul. It’s correct name is "Epistle of Paul to the Romans" and it forms the 6th book of the New Testament in the Christian bible. It is generally considered Saint Paul’s most important theological contribution.



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"romans" was written in 2010 by Giovanni Milani-Santarpia for