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Ch 11: Rise of the Roman Republic

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Watch video lessons to learn about the events that led to the rise of the Roman Republic. Take self-assessment quizzes to confirm your understanding of the material in this entertaining chapter.

Rise of the Roman Republic - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter takes you back to Rome's early history, addressing some of the myths surrounding Rome's formation and the events that led to the creation of the Roman Republic. Dynamic animations introduce you to the Republic's offices and institutions and engaging narration outlines the Republic's political structure. Professional instructors who lead these lessons discuss the wars that dominated the period surrounding the Republic's rise as well as cultural influences of the era. Once you've finished all the lessons in this chapter, you'll know about:

  • Etruscan culture and religion
  • Ancient Rome's founding
  • Seven kings of Rome
  • Latin, Samnite and Pyrrhic Wars
  • Causes of the Punic Wars

Video Objective
Etruscan Daily Life, Religion, Art & Influence on Rome Summarize the influences the Etruscans made on Roman society and describe their religious beliefs and day-to-day life.
The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History Depict Italy's geography and identify inhabitants of the area before the Romans. Study the myths associated with ancient Rome and the important figures that played a role in Rome's founding.
The Seven Kings of Rome: History & Lesson Distinguish between real and fictional early kings of Rome, including Romulus. Determine why these kings played such a critical role in Rome's creation.
Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events Analyze the conditions that cleared the way for the Roman Republic's rise.
Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History Assess the structure of the Republic and identify the positions of power.
The Political Structure of the Roman Republic Get details on the social class structure of the Republic and highlight the key roles that made up its political structure.
The Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars Witness the wars and battles that took place in the struggle for Italy's unification.
The Punic Wars: Causes, Summary & Hannibal Meet Hannibal and find out why he was feared. Determine the consequences of the three Punic Wars that the Romans fought against Carthage.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Rise of the Roman Republic
Etruscan Daily Life, Religion, Art & Influence on Rome

1. Etruscan Daily Life, Religion, Art & Influence on Rome

In this lesson, you will explore the ancient Italian culture called the Etruscans and discover how they influenced the mighty city of Rome. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

2. The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

This lesson covers the foundation of Rome. We look at the geography of Italy. We examine some of its most important inhabitants before the Romans. Finally, we look at both the historical facts and the Roman myths regarding the foundation of Rome.

The Seven Kings of Rome: History & Summary

3. The Seven Kings of Rome: History & Summary

This lesson covers the legendary kings of Rome. The historical reality of these kings is challenged, and the central myths of their reign are explored.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

4. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.

Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

5. Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

This lesson covers the formation of the Roman Republic. We start by identifying the underlying causes of the Republican revolution. We then examine how the Romans instituted and expanded upon their system of checks and balances, starting with patrician assemblies and ending with the Plebeian Council.

The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

6. The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

This lesson explains the political structure of the Roman Republic by highlighting the importance of social class within the system. It also explains the roles and positions of the Consuls, the Senate, and the Assembly.

The Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars

7. The Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars

This lesson covers the unification of Italy under Roman control. In the course of this lesson, we explore the causes and repercussions of the Samnite Wars, the Latin War, and the Pyrrhic War.

The Punic Wars: Causes, Summary & Hannibal

8. The Punic Wars: Causes, Summary & Hannibal

This lesson covers the three Punic Wars. We compare Rome to Carthage, then get into a summary account of the First, Second and Third Punic Wars, with brief discussions of their causes and consequences.

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