Transition Period : The Roman Republic

1198 Words Dec 5th, 2014 5 Pages
Molly Jackson
December 3, 2014
HUM 2220
Professor Jonathan Landwer
Transition Period The Roman Republic, known for its grounding principles and spread of power is the basis of politics in many western cultures and some of its implements are still used today. The power of the Roman people allowed them to govern during the Roman Republic but only centuries later in Imperial Rome did the power fall to only one man. The transition from the Roman Republic to Imperial Rome is known to have many different causes but the sum of them led to war, war then led to conquerors and conquerors seized all of Rome’s power. The Roman Republic highlights Rome’s initial plan for prosperity but corruption quickly leads to chaos. Amidst the chaos leaders become evident and with followers they grow to be supreme rulers. Republican Rome began when the Romans overthrew the Etruscan rule in 509 BCE and ended in 27BCE. During this period in Rome, the people developed a system of government that allowed them to make decisions, execute plans, and excel in many ways. The class structure of Rome consisted of patricians which were the upper class of Rome, the plebeians who were the common people of Rome, and after the patricians and plebeians came the slaves, immigrants and traveling merchants. The patricians made up what is known as the Senate and held the majority of the political power of Rome. Two patricians were elected to consul or chief magistrate every year. Consuls had the power to veto each…

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