The Roman Empire was at it's time the greatest power in history. However, it doesn't even make it into the top ten empires in terms of land occupied or people under it's rule, even allowing for the slaves.
" It will destroy democracy and hand all power to a tiny ruling elite.
You don't think we are not in that position now?
Personally, I think we are about two thirds of the way there. The next hundred years will decide that one way or the other.
I think the causes of the collapse of the Roman Republic/Empire is far more complex than can be summed up in a post on el reg. Gibbons takes six books to provide a reasonable accounting and only covers many major events with one liner explanations.
That the Roman Republic Senators had corruption perfected to an art form beyond anything that our politicans aspire to and were far more despised than our politicans is certainly true.