FC: Ancient Rome By Chad
1: Contents | Rome Begins 2 Government 3 Executive 4 Legislative 5 Judicial 6 Chariot Racing 7 Social Classes 8 Kings 9 Rome Falls 10 Bibliography 11
2: Rome Begins | Rome started as a small town, near the Italian peninsula in Europe. About 2750 years ago, a group of early people settled down in the land of 7 hills, near the Tiber River. The land had great soil for growing crops and the Tiber River gave them all the fresh water they needed. Also the 7 hills help because they provided shelter from their enemies.
3: Government | Rome government was a republic. They had a Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branch like the US does today. The only people who voted were the men who owned land.
4: Executive | The Executive were elected for one year by the upper class. They supervised the Senate and the army, the rest were tax collectors.
5: Legislative | The Legislative was the Senate, the Senate were made up of 300 men. They told the consuls the how much money they could spend and on what. The men were appointed by the consuls.
6: Judicial | The Judicial had six judges that were elected every two years. They were in charge of choosing the punishments that the criminals would receive. Their job is very similar to the job that the judges of today have in the United States.
7: The Romans liked to race chariots. The most famous race track was the Circus Maximus. The Admission was free so anyone could come and sit in one of the 250,000 seats | Chariot Racing
8: Social Classes | The two primary social classes were patricians, the upper class, plebeians, the lower class. The patricians were very wealthy land owners and the plebeians were the average farmers and traders. They both spoke the same language and worshiped the same gods. However they couldn't meet socially or marry.
9: Kings | Here are two of the more well know Kings. Constantine: Constantine was the first Christian Roman ruler. He chose his capital to be the little town Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople. Augustus: Was the first Roman emperor. He is considered the greatest emperor of all. He allowed elections to public office and he transformed the military from a volunteer army into a standing, professional army.
10: Rome Falls | In 476 AD Rome fell. Some of the reasons this happened were, the empire was too big to govern effectively, the Empire starting dwindling, to many slaves, people were over taxed, civil wars broke out between varying political groups.
11: Bibliography | Works Cited "Chariot Racing." VROMA :: Home. Web. 29 Mar. 2011.