Rome: 500 Bce - 476 Ce

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The Romans were once the most influential people in the world. Although they changed the way people viewed architecture and education, their government, culture, and trade system changed, yet somewhat stayed the same. From 500 BCE to 476 CE, these three topics were areas of advancement and achievement in the Roman Empire. Before 500 BCE, the Roman Empire was just that; an empire. However, when the Roman citizens got tired of dictatorship, the government drastically changed. A senate was formed and the government became a republic. The Senate consisted of three hundred people who were appointed by the Consuls. Every year, two Consuls were elected by the citizens. However, not all citizens were allowed to vote; only men, who were Patricians or Plebeians, could vote. Women and slaves did not ever have the right to vote, or hold a seat in the Senate. This system worked well until around 48 BCE when Julius Caesar became the first Emperor of Rome in over four hundred years. He, and the Emperors following, did not completely follow the “Dictatorship” way of governing. Some Emperors followed the Senate’s advice and laws set. However, some Emperors did not. They completely took the Dictatorship government into affect. They did not listen to the Senate’s advice and did not follow regulations set by the Senate. By 476 CE, the Roman government was a complete dictatorship. The seats of the Senate were controlled by the Emperor. So, the Senate’s role drastically changed. The Emperors would place their friends and family on the Senate over people who actually had experience. The Senate in Rome was obviously continuity, but the government had its fair share of changes. Culture was also a big part of continuity and change form 500 BCE to 479 CE. At around 500 BCE, the social classes for Rome were as follows: Patricians (wealthy), Plebeians (commoners like craftsmen or
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