Ancient Rome's Influence in Contemporary Society
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This paper examines Rome's contributions to modern society in politics, government, language, and law. The paper discusses the origins of the senate, democracy, the republic, the oligarchy, a checks and balances system, and other modern day political practices in Rome's history. The paper also discusses Rome's influence on literature and the literary arts, such as poetry and satire.
From the Paper:"The influences of ancient Rome on subsequent and even contemporary culture are multivalent, especially in the areas of political life and governance, language, and law. The guiding principles of the early Roman republic were civic virtues that have been passed down, in theory at least, in all societies that foreground the desire to protect themselves from the possibilities of dictatorship and any abuse of power. With an emphasis on self-sacrifice for the public good and on the equal treatment of all citizens, the Roman's developed what has come to be known as a system of an annual rotation of the consul body that effectively comprised the head of state. Initially, Roman culture was, like almost all others of the day, was ruled by a monarch whose power was ostensibly near-absolute in political matters and even more so when it came to making decisions pertaining to military matters."
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