Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Romans and The Start of the Roman Empire

The Beginning of The Roman Empire

The saying "Rome wasn't built in a day, is very true. Here is the story.

Before The Roman Empire became the Roman Empire, early Rome was originally ruled by kings. The citizens decided they would rather rule themselves and took power from the kings. The leaders were called consuls and governed the people for one year and then a new consul would rule. All advisements were taken up through a "senate" and the town became known as the Roman Republic. Republic is Latin (res publica) for "matters of state", or public matters.

The Romans divided the people into 4 classes. The lowest class were the slaves, who were owned by other people. Slaves had no rights whatsoever. The plebeians were the next class. They were free, but had little say or power. The equestians were wealthy people, also known as knights. They were given a horse to ride on should they be called to fight for and protect Rome.

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