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Political Development in Rome

Why and how politics in Rome developed throughout the years

Valerie Stark

on 16 April 2010

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Monarchy Republic R

e Empire Divided Empire POLITICAL
OF ROME Divided Empire Barbarian Kingdoms 509 BC A sex scandal brought down the king. Tarquinius (the king) allowed his son, Sextus Tarquinius, to rape Lucretia, a patrician Roman.


C With the expulsion of Tarquinius Superbus, which also signalled the downfall of Etruscan power in Latium, the gradual cessation of Etruscan influences at Rome, and the establishment of a Republican constitution Lucretia’s kinsman, summoned the Senate and had Tarquinius and the monarchy expelled from Rome 285 AD 476 AD Several civil wars weakened and subverted the Roman Republic Several specific events are proposed to mark the transition Julius Caesar’s appointment as perpetual dictator (44 BC) the Battle of Actium (31 BC) the Roman Senate's granting to Octavian the honorific Augustus (4 January 27 BC) Diocletian saw the vast empire as ungovernable, and therefore split the empire in half and created two equal emperors to rule under the title of Augustus Diocletian established the practice of dividing authority between four co-emperors on the East/West axis, in order to better secure the vast territory After the death of Theodosius I in 395, it was divided for the last time Roman army itself a mere supplement to federated troops: Goths Huns Franks The onset of its decline is in the third century to the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and others fighting on their behalf The empire finally fell after first being overrun by various non-Roman peoples and then having its heart in Italy seized by Germanic troups in a revolt these troops started their own kingdoms, where the strongest men ruled
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