An article published in The Telegraph, titled “With due respect to the ancients, the English-speaking peoples invented freedom,” Daniel Hannan writes:
Rome had lacked the common law emphasis on individualism, ownership and the sanctity of contract. Its economy was based on slavery, inherited status and heavy taxation. Property rights were contingent, confiscations common. A citizen was not free to make agreements with other citizens as he pleased: his social relationships were dictated by caste and custom.