The Roman Republic and Modern America Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

The Roman Republic and Modern America
Compares the decline of the Roman Republic to contemporary United States history.
# 39012 | 2,150 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 02, 2003 in History (Greek and Roman) , History (U.S. After 1865)

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This paper examines the decline of the Roman Republic and links it to events in contemporary America. The paper shows how changing class structure, domestic economic disparities, foreign wars and political intrigue and assassination characterize both situations. The paper asserts that America's willingness to impose its will on the world, regardless of the cost, is the most disturbing similarity that the current situation bears to the fate of the Roman Republic.

The End of the Republic
Contemporary Relevance of the Later Roman Republic

From the Paper:

"During the period of the Republic Roman territorial control grew from municipal status to global dominion. From the Consuls and Magistrates to the Censors and Praetors the earliest Roman officials exercised the functions of a municipal government in the sixth century B.C.E. Four centuries later decisions made in Rome had repercussions throughout the Mediterranean world. This massive territorial expansion necessitated development of a system of government to administer these vast, and growing, territories.
"The Romans developed a system of provinces or states. Each of these provinces or states was administered by a governor whose authority was backed-up by the presence of Roman legionnaires and, if needs be, the threat of Rome's entire military might. These governors were responsible for overseeing and administering tax collection, maintaining public order and exercised absolute authority over all non-Roman residents of their province. By the first century B.C.E. roman provinces surrounded the Mediterranean and it was truly Mare Nostrum for the governing class of the Roman Empire."

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