Ch 7: History of The Roman Republic

About This Chapter

Ensure you have a good grasp of the Roman Republic's history by reviewing the fun videos in this chapter. Lessons can help you better understand the formation of the Roman Republic, Roman law, the Punic Wars and related topics.

History of The Roman Republic - Chapter Summary

The Roman Republic was the government that ruled Ancient Rome over a 500-year period. Many of the ideas born out of this government have an influence on modern-day democracies. Learn more about this republic by reviewing the short lessons in this chapter. Engaging videos examine how the republic was formed, reformed and ended, along with the many events that occurred during this period. Review lessons in any sequence you desire from your computer, smartphone or tablet. At any time, test your knowledge by taking short self-assessment quizzes. Taking these steps will help you understand the following:

  • What the myths and religion of Rome were
  • How Ancient Rome was founded
  • Who the seven kings of Rome were
  • How the Roman Republic rose and was formed
  • What brought on the Latin, Samnite and Pyrrhic wars
  • What caused the Punic Wars
  • How Roman law developed and what led to the Pax Romana
  • Why and how reform occurred in the Roman Republic
  • What was Cicero's history and philosophy
  • How Julius Caesar and Pompey impacted the death of the Roman Republic

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: History of The Roman Republic
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Roman Myths and Religion

1. Roman Myths and Religion

This lesson compares Roman gods to their Greek predecessors and enumerates the similarities and differences between Greek and Roman religion. Finally, Roman religion's relationship with mystery cults, especially Christianity, is briefly explored.

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 Latin, Samnite & Pyrrhic Wars

6. 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

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

8. 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

9. 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.

Cicero: History & Philosophy

10. Cicero: History & Philosophy

This lesson recounts the life and accomplishments of Cicero. We follow his political career through the collapse of the Roman Republic. We take a look at his philosophy. Finally we examine his legacy in western civilization.

The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

11. 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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