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Logan Miller HIST208M Response Paper 3/2/2011 “The Transformation of the Republic” in A Companion to the Roman Republic This work, while discussing the fall of the Roman republic, asserts that it never actually “fell.” It proposes that historians have constantly tried to look for one event or conflict that marks the change from republic to principate. Though there are multiple factors that are debated as to why this change occurred, the traditional diffusion of political power among leading aristocrats and the Senate was, eventually, replaced by a concentration of power in the single Princeps. Much of the evidence for this piece comes from Tacitus’ Annals . This argument is similar to those proposed by modern scholars in that it describes this change as a circumstantial event that occurred over decades. Interestingly, none of the modern scholars note that anyone actually wanted to end the Republic. They attribute such a change to land issues, constant overseas wars, the increased political and military power of a few wealthy individuals, and the
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course HIST 208M taught by Professor Burghart during the Spring '11 term at Maryland.

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