Discover Ancient Rome by Deborah Kops

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Voting was done orally, and then secret ballots were used. « 48 » The Republican Government and Its People The Senate became very powerful during the Republic. Senators wrote new laws and took them to the assemblies for a vote. They also decided on policies for dealing with foreign nations, and at home they supervised financial matters. As the Republic grew in size, the Senate appointed governors to the newly added provinces and supervised their work. Senators were not elected directly by Rome’s citizens.

Women were expected to remain at home and care for their families, while slaves were considered the property of their masters. 2 The Assembly and Senate During the Republic, Romans were involved in two important government bodies: the Assembly and the Senate. Every male citizen could attend one of four popular assemblies in Rome. At a meeting, which was held outdoors, he could vote on new laws and elect magistrates. , voting was done orally, and then secret ballots were used. « 48 » The Republican Government and Its People The Senate became very powerful during the Republic.

C. He defeated the enemy and sixteen days later returned to his plow. « 53 » Discover Ancient Rome His immediate resignation of his absolute authority with the end of the crisis has often been cited as an example of outstanding leadership and service to the greater good. The government of the Roman Republic was a model of power sharing between the assemblies, the Senate, and the consuls. Each element was supposed to prevent the other two from gaining too much power. The Government During the Empire The old institutions of government changed under the emperor’s dictatorship.

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