The Roman Republic Fell Because of Individual Greed, Ambition, and Other Moral Faults: Agree or Disagree.

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The Roman Republic Fell because of Individual Greed, Ambition, and Other Moral Faults: Agree or Disagree. Insert Name Insert School Insert Class The collapse of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire so greatly affected the world, for centuries to come, that its causes have long been the topics of debate for scholars and historians. Rome’s transition from a republic to an empire was a violent and deceptive period where law and order gave way to ambition and greed. However, did the republic fall because of these moral faults, or was it simply the natural progression of the political system? To answer this question, one must closely examine the corruption in the Roman political system and its effects on the republic. How does imperialism relate to personal power in the context of the Roman Republic? In the following pages, the Roman Republic and its fall will be discussed, followed by examples of individuals circumventing the law through imperialism and personal power, and an examination of its effects. Next, there will be an analysis of both arguments, and then a conclusion. The Roman Republic was the official constitutional government of Rome until Augustus Caesar took the mantle of emperor (Augustus, 94). Rome’s constitution was designed to stop the cycle of governments that started with monarchy until it devolved into despotism to aristocracy to oligarchy to democracy to mob-rule, where it would eventually begin again as a monarchy (Polybius, 13-21). The republic contained elements of the three “good” governments simultaneously. The position of Consul served a similar purpose to that of a monarch, while the Senate was the aristocracy, and the citizens made up the democracy (Polybius, 19-21). Each component of the republic functioned autonomously enough to be seen as separate forms of government while being interdependent with each

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