HIST Lecture #7 9-13

HIST Lecture #7 9-13 - Lecture #7 9/13/11 The Romans are...

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Lecture #7 9/13/11 The Romans are probably more important for the evolution of our modern political and social institutions than the Greek traditions are. In Rome, there is a different concept of citizenship. Any male could potentially become a citizen of Rome and enjoy the rights delegated thereof. It gave people outside of Rome a stake in the success of the Roman Empire. This proved very helpful for swaying people in their favor. Roman Law was applied universally throughout the Empire. The concept of universal law is a key principle in shaping Western ‘Juris Prudence’ (the philosophy, theory of law). The Romans also created a system of divided government, with different branches and centers of power. They have checks and balances. Rome also provides context to adopt and embrace previous Greek traditions. Rome became Hellenized itself. The Roman Empire provided a fertile context for the development of Christianity. It allowed it to spread and institutionalize. Rome was a Republic, and differed from Greek democracy because it provided some political access to the lower class, but maintained most of power in the hands of elites. Polybius is a Greek historian writing to Greeks about why Roman Constitution is superior to theirs. Problem for the Roman Republic: it really wasn’t designed to be an Empire. It was designed to govern small region in central Italy. It placed all kinds of burdens on the Republican system, traditions, and political culture. Rome was founded by brothers Romulus and Remus, sons of Mars. They were raised by a she-wolf. Romulus kills Remus and becomes king of Rome in 753 BCE. Latium was the first settlements of Rome, and they appeared about 200 years earlier than this. Etruscans and Greek colonists lived there as well. The Romans combined with the Sabine people (most likely conquered them, raped their women). Another explanation for the rise of Rome is the rise of Greece. Romans are trading with
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HIST Lecture #7 9-13 - Lecture #7 9/13/11 The Romans are...

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