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Roman Republic & Roman Empire - Chapter Summary
These short and informative lessons cover the fascinating history, political structure, life and rise and fall of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. They also discuss the division of the Roman Empire. Our engaging video and text lessons are accessible on any mobile device or computer anytime. If you just want to watch a portion of a video lesson, use the video tabs feature to jump ahead. All of our lessons are accompanied by multiple-choice quizzes you can use to make sure you're ready to move on in the chapter. An instructor is available to offer assistance if you struggle along the way. This chapter is designed to help you meet the following objectives:
- Describe the founding and early history of Ancient Rome
- Detail the events that led to the rise of the Roman Republic
- Identify the political structure of the Roman Republic
- Outline the achievements of Julius Caesar
- Explain life in the Roman Empire under Augustus
- Discuss the events that led to the division of the Roman Empire
- Detail the fall of Rome
- Describe how wealth affected daily life in the Roman Empire
- Identify the affects of the Roman influence in art, architecture, science, technology, literature and law
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.
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.
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.
4. Julius Caesar's Achievements
You probably know Caesar as an awesome general and a dictator of Rome, but what else did he accomplish? In this lesson, you will learn about one of Rome's greatest leaders and a few of his many achievements.
5. Life in the Roman Empire Under Augustus
Augustus was Rome's first emperor, and he had the job of overseeing Rome's transition out of a republic. In this lesson, we'll talk about how this changed Roman society and daily life in the Eternal City.
6. Division of the Roman Empire: Diocletian & the 3rd Century Crisis
This lesson will explain the 3rd Century Crisis of the Roman Empire. It will focus on the political, civil and economic problems that caused the crisis, and will also highlight the role of Diocletian in the resolution of the crisis.
7. The Fall of Rome
This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.
8. 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.
9. Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture
In this lesson, you'll explore the legacy of art and architecture from the powerful Roman Empire, which influences our ideas about style to this day. Afterward, you can test your understanding of the ancient world with a quiz.
10. Legacies of Roman Technology & Science
In this lesson, you will explore the legacies of Roman technology and science, legacies that still influence us to this day. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
11. Legacies of Roman Literature, Language & Law
In this lesson, you will explore the legacies of Roman language, called Latin, and the literature and law they used that language to create. Then, test your understanding about the ancient Romans with a brief quiz.
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