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Ancient Roman Dictatorship

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Claudia Richards

on 7 February 2014

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Ancient Rome
Dictatorship deals with the problem of having to wait a long time for decisions to be made because all the power lays with one person and not a group of people such as in a democracy. They can instantly decide to do or not do something regarding the country. In a dictatorship there are quite often long debates and a lot more wasted time than a dictatorship. In short this means that a dictatorship is faster and more efficient than a democracy.
• Lots of people tend to die
• Money is often spent carelessly, or on personal luxuries for the dictator
• The nation is often governed by fear – nobody dares stand up to the dictator because they don’t want to be killed
• The dictator can pretty much do what he wants, and the people have no way of protecting themselves from this
• Decisions are made by one person, which means they’re not likely to be fair
• Rights of citizens aren’t valued as much
• The people are usually repressed
• The whole country runs on the whims of one man
• Famous dictators include Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-il, and Mao Zedong.
Overall, dictatorship is not a good thing – one man should never single-handedly hold that much power and the people of a country shouldn’t have to live in fear of their ruler!

Famous Rulers in History
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar was a Roman general, statesman and Consul.
He was best known for being the dictator of Rome and putting an end to the Roman Republic.
He played an important role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.
He was born and died in Rome, Italy from July 100 BC to 15th of March 44 BC.
Case Study
Coming into power.
• The Roman empire came into power after the Roman Civilization- a Republic civilization- made a transition into a dictatorship with Julius Caesar being the Dictator.
• The battle of Actium also contributed toward Rome becoming a Dictatorship.
• The ancient Roman Civilization was 500 years old. Ancient Rome came into power as just a small village.

Case study

It was mainly the patricians, the wealthy landowning nobles, who got to vote. As a result, the consuls in the early years of the Republic were always patricians.
In 46 BC Caesar was the most powerful man in the world and was made dictator for life and he ruled like a king.
But some people in Rome felt that Caesar was too powerful. They were worried that his rule would put an end to the Roman Republic and plotted to kill him.
The leaders of the plot were Cassius and Brutus and On March 15, 44 BC a number of men ran up to him and began to attack him and killed him.
He was stabbed 23 times.

Caesar was once kidnapped by pirates while still a young man. He joked with them that he would have them executed once he was free. They laughed, but Caesar had the last laugh when he later captured them and had them killed.
A dictatorship is a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
There is no reliable method of peacefully removing dictators from office. often riots and rebellion break out.
Comparison to Australia.
• Australia is a lot freer than Rome, there is no law to get married at 16 and people don’t fight to the death…
• Ancient Rome is basically incomparable to today’s Australia. They are in such different time periods its hard to get similarity’s, plus today everything is a lot more civilised.

Living in Rome.
• Ancient Roman life wasn’t that great, if you weren’t married by 15-16 you were punished
• The average Roman family generally had a slave or two
• The father decided who the child married
• The mother was in charge of how the house was run, although she was in control of the father
• Rome didn’t have public schools
• Kids studied at home or private schools
• There was around 12 people in one private school. The school only had one room and only one class.
• Kids used writing tablets made of wax and rubbed them clean when they started to write again.
• The romans spoke Latin
• They used oil burning lamps to light houses.
• Romans battled in colosseums for peoples entertainment
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