The Roman Empire did good things, excluding conquerring other countries and trading and using slaves , to remember like for example: Introducing canals systems for irrigation.
One other thing that most of us do not know was that the Roman Empire employed and enlisted FARMERS to go to wars.They had horses , and that was a prerequisit to join the military then,owning a horse!
So what is common now and then aboutThe Roman Empire and Farmers?
Simply speaking as many SMALL local farmers now struggle to make a living (may be you have heard that they do well,but in reality they DO NOT!):They are getting out of business and relinquishing their farms to the Big Agri or just abandoning it to the banks as they default on mortgages or fail to compete with the Mexicans or Chinese farming products .
I found a common an interesting denominator while watching a below video clip , may be you can find the same thing too:It is good to know that farmers of the Roman Empire were the soldiers as well , and much more,as this video clip shows: