The Fall of The Roman Republic The Ancient Roman Republics downfall can be linked to the corruption of the government. Conflicts of the government powers lead the government to become inefficient thusly leading to its fall. The Roman Constitution was unwritten; it was more of a collection of oral traditions and laws that was passed down, and over time parts became vague and undefined. Being that they weren’t written down lead to conflicts of interpretation and obstruction of the traditions and laws. Disputes over jurisdiction were common with how vague the laws were, but the willingness to compromise and the Romans desire for a consensus kept that to a minimum. The Roman government was made up of the magistrates, the tribunes, and the senate. The magistrates were a group of 4 quaestors, 4 aediles, 2 consuls, 2 censors, and a praetor. The tribunes originally consisted of only two people but later moved up to a total of ten people. The senate consisted of a large group of people who greatly influenced the policies of the Roman Republic. The officials were not paid and had to get by with their own personal earnings, other patricians or wealthy plebians would bribe the officials to get what they wanted from the political system. Almost anyone could bribe officials, so in the end they didn’t have as much power as it should have. This caused internal conflict and ended up being one of the affairs that lead ultimately to the fall of the Roman Republic. The next factors would have to be the three crises that the empire had. The first crisis involved Tiberius Gracchus and the fact that his land distribution program became a law and this caused instability between Gracchus and the senate thus causing him and his 300 supporters to be killed. The second crisis involved Gaius Gracchus, he implemented programs and laws that helped the commoners, and provided for the economic development of Rome as a whole. Violence was used by the senators and wealthy plebians to rally against. Gracchus and 3,000 people died due to the fact that he used force to resist them. The third crisis involved the man Saturninus, he was originally a tribune, but ended up a dictator. His use of mass violence and appeals to achieve great power succeeded for him. However, a man named Marius used his soldiers to beat Saturninus and restore order in Rome. All three of these crises just added to the deterioration of Rome’s government and split it apart more. Rome’s military problems are the third factor in to its fall. The Comitia Populi…
armies of Pompey and gaining control of all of Rome, Caesar began to institute changes intended for the betterment of the Roman society, and quickly became beloved by his citizens. Unfortunately, his forgiving nature misled him into pardoning and later befriending a former ally of Pompey's named Marcus Brutus. Caesar placed Brutus in several positions of power within the Republic, and trusted the young man above all his allies. Brutus soon began planning the assassination of Caesar with another holder…
on him, I did mark
How he did shake; ‘tis ture, this god did shake.
His coward lips did from their color fly,
And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world
Did lose his luster; I did hear him groan;
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans
Mark him and write his speeches in their books.
I was born free as Caesar; so where you:
We both have fed as well and we can both
Endure the winter’s cold as well as he:
For once, upon a raw and gusty day,
The troubled Tiber chafing with her…
Gaius Marius and the fall of the roman republic.
Gaius Marius was the son of a small plebeian farmer near Arpinum.
“1 Born of parents who were altogether obscure — poor people who lived by the labour of their own hands (Marius was his father's name, Fulcinia that of his mother), it was not till late that he saw the city p469or got a taste of city ways. In the meantime he lived at Cirrhaeaton,2 a village in the territory of Arpinum, in a manner that was quite rude when compared with the polished…
that cannot be seduced?” he asks rhetorically (I.ii.306). He decides to forge letters from Roman citizens declaring their support for Brutus and their fear of Caesar’s ascent to power; he will throw them into Brutus’s house that evening.
While the opening scene illustrates Caesar’s popularity with the masses, the audience’s first direct encounter with him presents an omen of his imminent fall. Caesar’s choice to ignore the Soothsayer’s advice proves the first in a series of failures…
Yes. Brutus clearly wishes the best for Rome, and kills Caesar out of "civic responsibility," understanding that if no one stops him, he'll become tyrant of Rome and the Republic will be over. He's the only one acting out of that conviction; most other characters in the play don not act honorably and are interested in how Caesar's death will benefit themselves.
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Constriction in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire? Where and how was the economy still functioning? What were the impediments to economic development?
After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe underwent a long and harsh period of economic constriction. The noted date of the fall of the Roman Empire is when Germen general Odoacer overthrew the last Roman emperor in the West in 476. This event has come to symbolize all that had been characterized as Roman civilization declining, weakening…
Ancient Rome and his willingness to fight for what was right: freedom.
After being in the Roman army, Spartacus was captured and taken into slavery. During this time he was forced into gladiator school where he had no other choice but to learn how to fight till death. Slaves were not treated like humans and Spartacus could not stand the mistreatment any longer. He led a now famous slave revolt against the Romans to escape bondage.
Once escaping in 73BC, Spartacus took refuge on Mount Vesuvius with…
As one of the first republics and influencing empires, the Roman Republic is one that is commonly shunned due to the fame of the latter Roman Empire. The Roman Republic (509 BC – 27 BC) was mainly centered with the city of Rome.2 Future expansion gave the republic control of the complete Italy territory, the entire Mediterranean, North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, Greece, France, and much of the East.1 The Roman Republic came to a rise when the Roman people fought and gained their…
Fall of the Roman Republic
After Rome’s conquest of the central Mediterranean from 387 BCE to 146 BCE there republic slowly fell due to many factors from these conquest including spoils of war, increase of population the militarization of politics, and the lack of a written constitution.
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The Roman Republic
Three named divinities
Last king overthrown in 509 BC, hence the founding of Rome
Beginning in 509 BC, and subsequently the founding of Rome took Place
The republic is a form of democracy. It was much more like today, you vote for someone who is actually representative. Idea of representative government
They formed a constitution with 3 main divisions, 2 consuls
2 Consuls: One consul for military and one for civic
elected every single year