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Ch 6: The Rise & Fall of the Roman Republic

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The Rise & Fall of the Roman Republic - Chapter Summary

In this informative chapter, you'll review some of the topics related to the rise and fall of the Roman Republic. Our lessons cover how Ancient Rome was founded and its early history. Other topics include the events that led to the rise of the Roman Republic and the role of Julius Caesar and Pompey in the death of the republic. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the political structure of the Roman Republic
  • Define the Pax Romana and its history
  • Explain the role of the Gracchi in some of the republic's reforms

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6 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Rise & Fall of the Roman Republic
The Founding of Ancient Rome & Rome's Early History

1. 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.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

2. 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.

The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

3. 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.

Roman Law and the Pax Romana: Definition, Meaning & History

4. Roman Law and the Pax Romana: Definition, Meaning & History

This lesson examines Roman law, following its development over time. Next, we briefly explore the three branches of Roman law. Finally, we look at how the spread of Roman law led to an era of Roman peace known as the Pax Romana.

Reform in the Roman Republic: The Gracchi, Marius & Sulla

5. Reform in the Roman Republic: The Gracchi, Marius & Sulla

This lesson covers the reforms of the Late Republic. We look at the effects of slavery on the Republic. We examine the factors that led to social unrest. Finally, we take a look at the efforts of various great men to save the Republic from itself.

The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

6. The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

This lesson explores the factors that led to the death of the Roman Republic. We start with class warfare. We then move onto the exploits of Pompey. Finally, we see how Julius Caesar delivered the death stroke to the Roman Republic.

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