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Political Development of Rome

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Kate Stiver

on 17 April 2010

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Transcript of Political Development of Rome

753 BC Monarchy to Republic
•The seventh King of Rome was Tarquinius Superbus, and he ruled rome using violence, murder and terrorism. Tarquinius allowed his son Sextus Tarquinius to rape Lucretia, a patrician Roman. Sextus threatened that is Lucretia didn’t agree to have sex with him, he would create a scandal with her name. The scandal he threatened to create was he would kill a slave, then her, and put their bodies together. Lucretia committed suicide herself, but not before she told her kinsman Lucius Junius Brutus, who then summoned the state and had Tarquinius Superbus expelled from Rome. This brought the transition of Rome from Monarchy to Republic.
509 BC Republic to Empire
•The Roman Republic was weakened after several and overthrown during the course of several civil wars. Events such as the appointment of Julius Caesar as dictator, and the defeat of Mark Anthony at the Battle of Actium caused the leaders of Roman goverment to surpass the power granted by the Republic. This then granted a position for Rome to transition from Republic to a Empire.
285 AD Empire to Divided Empire
•The Roman Empire was divided because it became too much territory for one man to govern, at this time Rome was controlling 6.5 square km of land. It was first divided in 285 AD by, Diocletian. The Roman Empire was divided amongst 4 co-rulers of Rome. The practice of dividing Rome was meant to help control and secure the land Rome controlled.
476 AD Divided Empire falls to Barbarians
•in 395Ad after the death of Theodosius I, the Visigoths renounced their treaty with the Roman Empire and invaded northern Italy. After Theodosius I died, the Roman Empire became increasingly ineffective in fighting against the Barbarians. In 444 AD the Huns invaded Gaul and were stopped by the Roman-Germanic forces in the Battle of Châlons. After this, few areas of Rome remained under Roman rule, and Rome itself was ruled by the Barbarians and Roman control over the west was ended.
Political Development in Rome
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