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March 2016
Objective - Roman Government – Compare to US Government
Bellringer – Finish packet page 6 notes
 Citizens of Rome – Packet page 7
Roman Government Visual
Compare US to Rome (Government)
HW – Read 10.2 and do Questions
Senate Populusque Romanus
The Senate & The People of Rome
Roman Republic Diagram
Page 4 of your Chapter 10 Note
Wealthy Romans
with power once
controlled all
aspects of govt.
1. “working class”very little money
and free time
2.Before the
rebelled, they
participate in
Over time, these
classes faded
1. Ran the city
2.Led the army
3.Served for 1 year
1. Served for 1 year
2.“elected official”
3.Managed the city
4.The two most
important were
1. Protected the
rights of the
common people
2.Could veto the
decisions of the
1. Senators held office for life; 300
2.Council that advised the city’s
3.By 200 BC, they controlled all of
Rome’s finances
A dictator was elected in times of war
Would rule for 6 months
 Why elect a dictator in times of war?
Make decisions quickly
Write this under the diagram:
Checks and Balances: put in place so no
one becomes too powerful. (study chart!)
 Things we take from Roman Gov’t:
 “Senate”
 3 branches
 Veto
 Civic Duty - Citizens doing what they
could to make sure Rome prospered.
Idea of Veto
President can veto any law passed by
 Congress can override veto
2/3 vote needed
 House 435 – so 2/3 – 288 votes needed
 Senate 100 – so 2/3 – 67 votes needed
7 Presidents issued 0 vetoes
 Some presidents had all vetoes stick -12
The Forum
The Heart of Roman Life
 Lay at the center of Rome
 Center of Religion and Government
 Shop, Chat, Gossip
 Public Ceremonies
 Gladiator Events
 Speeches