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Transcript
The Republic becomes powerful = the army.
Like the Spartans every male citizen who owned land,
served in the army.
Roman generals organized
Soldiers into legions.
Each legionaire carried
a short sword, a gladius,
a spear and shield
 Those conquered could be citizens.
 An enemy becomes a friend.
 Roads were built to allow troop
movements when necesary
 Follow the Roman rules, pay your
taxes, or be destroyed.
 Early Romans were divided into two classes:
PatriciansWealthy landowners
Plebeiansartisans, shopkeepers,
owners of small farms
**had less social status
**lacked important political right
Consuls
Praetors
Lawmaking
BodySENATE
Assembly of
Centuries
Consuls
Praetors
Senate
Assembly of
Centuries
• Chosen every year
• Headed up the army
• ran government
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interpret the law
act as judges
keeping tax records
handling public finance
• select group of 300 patrician men,
serve for life-propose laws, hold
debates and approve building
programs
• Elected important officials, passed
laws, was under control of the
patricians
 They complained about having so little power in the
Roman Republic .
 In 494 B.C. many of them went on strike by:
1. refusing to serve in army
2. leaving to start republic of their own
IT WORKED!
 In 471 B.C. they were allowed to set up own body of
representatives called the Council of the Plebs.
 In 455 B.C. plebeians and patricians were allowed
to marry
 By 300 B.C. they were allowed to become consuls
 In 287 B.C. the Council of the Plebs gained the
power to pass laws for ALL Romans.
 All male citizens had equal political standing
 Women still remained without a voice in the
government
 In times of crisis, Roman dictators were given
complete control of the government, but served the
people and ruled on a temporary basis
 Cincinnatus was a loyal and devoted citizen farmer who
became the best-known early Roman dictator who
defeated an enemy threatening Rome .
He ruled Rome only for
15-16 days before returning
to his beloved farm 
 Rome‘s first code of law.
 The laws were carved on bronze tablets that was
placed in the Forum (Rome’s marketplace)
 A principle was established: that all free citizens
had the right to be treated equally by the legal
system.
 Only applied to Roman citizens
 Collection of laws for ALL stating principles of justice
that applied to people everywhere…
Innocent until proven
guilty
EVEN
TODAY
People accused of
crimes could defend
themselves before a
judge
Judge has to look at
evidence before making
a decision