Romans hated the Etruscan king and wanted to run their own government more equally
Romans admired Greek Democracy===> Republic is the result NO KINGS!
Patricians vs. Plebeians (rich vs. poor)
Rich people thought they should run things
Common people wanted equal rights
Trade and travel is essential to grow and maintain countries. Roads and ports
Arches and concrete allowed Romans to build huge, impressive structures
Republic form of government originated in Rome
Choose representatives to make decisions. Good for large countries.
Roman law influenced American law.
Common laws for all. Make them public knowledge.
Five Good Emperors expanded Roman territory
Bad Emperors were corrupt- more concerned with power and wealth than the people
Diocletian split the empire to make it easier to rule
Constantine won a civil war to take over the whole thing
Constantine moved the capital to Constantinople
West fell apart because of Germanic invasions.
East stood strong and becomes the Byzantine Empire
Three classes of Romans- 1. Patricians 2. Plebeians 3. Slaves
Men had to register for the census to be counted as citizens
- claimed women, children and slaves
Paterfamilias- head of household, oldest male, made or approved all decisions
Christianity began in Judea during Augustus's rule
1. Accept Jesus as Son of God 2.Golden Rule 3. Eternity in Heaven
Christians were blamed for almost all problems in the Empire before Constantine
The Romans then spread Christianity to those they took over or befriended
Cost-Benefit of Economic and Business decisions for Roman building projects