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Unformatted text preview: Intro Class 15/09/2008 12:32:00 Why did Rome, a small backwards city, end up exploding and taking over such a large chunk of the world? What happened when you gain an empire is that tremendous strain are put on many of the important factors in building the empire itself Rome unified the Mediterranean mostly by violence. They developed an unprecedented military which was organized and advanced like no other army before it. Intense violence used to quell uprisings and many many people killed to preserve the empire. In 10 yrs of fighting, Julius Caesar claimed to enslave over 1 million people. Rome gave to the ancient world the first lasting peace. Violence elsewhere but relative peace within the empire unprecedented in the world. Roman law was also trendsetting, incredibly fair and clear in its laws and processes. Rome allowed outsiders to become Roman citizens, freed slaves also. This is incredibly progressive for the time. Rome produced some of the greatest writing in history. The aeneid A mixture of Hope and Despair Very important work in Roman history Timeline 5 periods o 1- the kingdom of Rome, ruledby a succession of 7 kings, Romulus was the first 509 BC is the date the republic was founded o 2- early republic- 509-350 BC struggles between classes o 3- middle republic 350-150BC...
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2009 for the course CLA 218 taught by Professor Edwardj.champlin during the Spring '09 term at Princeton.
- Spring '09