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Ch 8: AP World History: The Rise of the Roman Republic

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If you're preparing for the AP World History exam, check out this helpful chapter on the rise of the Roman Republic. Our easy-to-follow lessons and self-assessment quizzes prepare you to do your best on exam day and identify any areas you'll need to focus on further.

AP World History: The Rise of the Roman Republic - Chapter Summary

When you work through this chapter on the rise of the Roman Republic, you'll review engaging videos about the topics you'll need to know to do well on the AP World History exam. These include the formation of the Roman Republic and the causes of the Punic Wars. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the Latin, Pyrrhic and Samnite Wars
  • Outline accomplishments of Roman architecture and engineering
  • Explain the meaning of Roman law and the Pax Romana
  • Discuss Julius Caesar, Pompey and the death of the Republic
  • Understand the founding and early history of Ancient Rome

Work at your own pace and feel free to go back as many times as needed to fully understand these subjects. We've ensured you can access these lessons and quizzes on any mobile device or computer 24 hours a day for a completely flexible study option. If you have any questions as you work through this chapter, feel free to reach out to one of our experts through the dashboard.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: AP World History: The Rise of the Roman Republic
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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.

Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

2. 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 Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars

3. 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

4. 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.

Roman Engineering and Architecture

5. Roman Engineering and Architecture

This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.

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

6. 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.

The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

7. 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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