Downfall Of Rome 's Republic

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Downfall of Rome’s Republic For 350 years the Roman Republic had grown, retracted, and grown again, surviving and thrived. Through it all the Romans never turned away from their basic founding principle that no king shall rein in Rome. Every year men stood for election and every year free ballots were cast by free citizens. The winner won and the looser lost, and power was transferred between them. It was a remarkable run and the republic’s track record was and is the case of much justifiable envy. The Roman’s success would be the undoing of the Roman republic. Over the years the republic had survived for two major reason, the lower class had not been so impoverished that they…show more content…
Tiberius proposed by putting a cap on an amount of land a man can own. The proposal was wildly popular with the people, while the senate hated the bill, but also hated the man who proposed it, so he by passed them. By gaining the popularity with the people, he brought Rome to a complete stand still. Tiberius had gotten the late Republic off the ground with a bang, his extremism re-energized the class struggle that had been dormant for centuries. The next century would unfold as little more than a political free for all, power was everyone’s ultimate objective and might. Gaius Graccus entered office focused on one single issue of Gregorian reform and met his downfall running for an illegal second term, “his most enlightened piece of legislation fell foul” (Kamm,pg. 30). In the third term, his supporters were ta an all-time low and were defeated in the polls, eventually leading himself to suicide. During 87-83 B.C. Gaius Marius and Lucius Sulla reformed the rise of private armies in favor for a more robust and more mobile legion recruiting private armies in their fight for Rome restoring the Republic. After Sulla completed his campaign he marched back to Rome and took political positions by force, he did not take position as an elected consul, rather as a position of a dictator. “The twenty years that followed Sulla’s death saw the rise of three men of particular ambition and power” (Kamm, pg 37), known as The First Triumvirate, 59-48 B.C,
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