Rome was consistently at war, and most of that warfare was prompted by her desire to rule other nations. Her lust for domination was so strong that she attacked Alba – her mother city, as Augustine describes it. The two cities were friendly, filled with family relationships, yet Rome attacked. The battle was so intense and severe that finally the two cities decided to end the fighting by sending two sets of three brothers against one another – the Horatii for Rome and Curiattii for Alba. One of the Horatii survived, and so Rome won. Augustine is rightly disgusted by such an arrangement, and by the whole motivation for such an awful war. Yes, Rome emerged as the victor, but did the city really win? The lust for domination destroyed one city completely and ruined the goodness of another.

Power and control destroys.