13-Republic - Hist 151 A word on our theme Worldly Values...

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Hist 151 9/13/10 A word on our theme… Worldly Values starting to creep into ancient society o Epictetus Didn’t look to divinity to define his moral guidance, he instead looked inward Basic Chronology of Roman History o Monarchy: 8 th -6 th centuries BC o Republic: 509-31 BC (“Revolution” btw 133 and 31 BC) Very Hellenized o Empire: 27 BC–476 AD From Republic to “Revolution” in Rome o A) “Struggle of the Orders”, 450-287 BC, had finally allowed patricians (wealthy) and plebeians to co-exist peacefully Plebeians threatened to leave and make own city state if patricians didn’t seed some power (which they eventually did) Gained social recognition and political influence o B) Imperial conquests introduced new wealth, new tensions, new imbalances of power o C) The new tensions and imbalances were “solved” by generals (e.g., Marius, Caesar) o D) The rise of military strong-men eroded republican values and tradition, ending in a formal transition to Empire
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at City College of San Francisco.

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13-Republic - Hist 151 A word on our theme Worldly Values...

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