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The Roman Republic Becomes an Empire - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Ever heard the old saying, 'Rome wasn't built in a day?' That's sort of the theme of this chapter; the lessons trace the key figures and events that helped the Roman Republic become the Roman Empire. You'll learn about leaders like Augustus Caesar, explore the significance of Roman law and find out about daily life in the empire. The chapter's lessons provide details on topics like:
- How leaders sought to reform the Republic
- What factors contributed to the end of the Roman Republic
- How Augustus Caesar became the Roman Empire's first emperor
- What the significance of the Pax Romana is
- How wealth affected the lives of Romans
|Reform in the Roman Republic: The Gracchi, Marius & Sulla||Find out what caused tensions among the Romans and how leaders tried to bring social reforms to the Republic.|
|The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey||Discover the roles of Pompey and Julius Caesar in the fall of the Roman Republic.|
|The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar||Explore the early Roman Empire and how Augustus Caesar came to power.|
|Roman Law and the Pax Romana: Definition, Meaning & History||Learn about the branches of Roman law and the historical impact of the Pax Romana.|
|Effect of Wealth on Daily Life in the Roman Empire||Examine the daily lives of the wealthy and the poor in the Roman Empire.|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The Early Roman Empire and the Reign of Augustus Caesar
This lesson is about Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. In this lesson we follow Augustus's meteoric rise to power, the collapse of the Roman Republic, and the rise of the Roman Empire.
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.
5. Effect of Wealth on Daily Life in the Roman Empire
The daily experiences of a rich Roman and a poor Roman could not be more different, even though both groups lived in one of the greatest empires that the world has ever known. This lesson explains a day in the life of each.
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- Early Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
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- Early Indian Civilizations & Empires
- Early Chinese Civilizations & Empires
- Early Greek Civilizations
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- Rise of the Roman Republic
- Roman Culture & Society
- The Development of Christianity
- Fall of the Roman Empire
- The Birth of the Muslim World
- Early African Civilizations
- Early Civilizations in Asia
- The Roman World in Transformation
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- The Byzantine Empire & the Crusades
- Rise of the Russians & the Turks
- Society & Culture in the Medieval Warm Period
- Medieval Civilization & Christianity
- European Kingdoms Emerge
- Culture of the High Middle Ages
- The Late Middle Ages
- Early Civilizations in the Americas
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