Italy is a peninsula developingabout 750 miles from north to south. It is not very wide. The Apennine mountainrange forms a ridge running from north to south, dividing west from east. Mostimportant are the Po River valley in the north; the plain of Latium, on whichthe city of Rome is located. As in other early civilizations, geographyportrayed a crucial role in the development of Rome.The location of the city ofRome was especially favorable to its early settlers.
Located about 18 milesinland on the Tiber River, Rome had a route to the sea. Nonetheless, it was farenough inland to be relatively safe from pirates. It could be easily defendedbecause of its position, built on seven hills.The Italian Peninsula is animportant crossroads between the western and eastern Mediterranean Sea due tothe way the land juts into the sea. After the Romans had established theirMediterranean empire, governing it was made easier because of Italy’s primarylocation.By the second century b.c.
, the Senate had become the real governingbody of the Roman state. Members of the Senate were drawn mostly from thelanded aristocracy. They remained senators for life and occupied the chiefoffices of the republic.The Senate and political offices were increasinglycontrolled by a narrow circle of wealthy and authoritative families. Of course,these aristocrats constituted only a tiny minority of the Roman people. Thebackbone of the Roman state and army had inevitably been the humble farmers. In27 b.
c., Octavian issued the “restoration of the Republic.”He knew that onlytraditional republican forms would satisfy the Senate. Although he indicatedsome power to the Senate, Octavian in fact became the first Roman emperor. In27 b.
c., the Senate awarded Octavian the title of Augustus, “the reveredone,” a fitting title in view of his power, which previously had been reservedfor gods. Augustus proved to be tremendously popular.
No doubt people were gladthe civil wars had ended.Augustus’s new political system assigned the emperorto select his successor from his established or adopted family. The first fouremperors after Augustus came from his family. They were Tiberius, Caligula,Claudius, and Nero. During their reigns, these emperors took over more and moreof the responsibilities that Augustus had given to the Senate.
As the emperorsgrew more powerful, many became more corrupt.The U.S. is a country of 50 statescovering a vast swath of North America. George Washington was the firstPresident, and The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
Both ofthese rather comprise well-known events throughout the course of our countrieshistory. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were bothdebated and adopted in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.The example of the firstgreat republic in history was omnipresent in the minds of America’s founders asthey created a new republic century later. After Rome. Rome was believed tohave frequent the most successful country, that is until the united states camealong.
As many people say “There is no was the United States will fall likeRome did!”Many believe it won’t happen, but others? Think it just might. As Ihave, many opinions on the government others are different and say Trump isgoing to ruin the United States, when really, it’s the people who think that.They say they don’t want us to fall yet they are leading us in thatdirection!!As America is believed to have become more successful than the RomanEmpire, it may not be. The Roman Empire was built up over many years of tremendouswork, most of it was worked on as a whole.
Yes, America was with the foundingfathers, but is it still? If you think about it, we could be heading down thesame path, and if we don’t watch out? We’re done for. We need to stand togetheras one.Things we have in common with the Roman empire are as follows: fear ofcentralized authority, open societies and selfless leadership. Although therehas been an increase in violence, it is nowhere near the level of the 1960s.America’s economy could certainly be doing a lot better.
It could also be doinga lot worse.We have to live off the way the founding fathers created America tobe. As the United States is actually ment to be an expirament. An experiment ofa democracy, because many people didnt think a democracy would last. If we keepup acting the way we are acting as American citizens right now? We will end upfalling like the Roman Empire. Do you want to fix things or do you want to be apart of the people ruining the united states? We need to fix the way we behaveto each other or we will be no longer.
I don’t want to end up like the RomanEmpire. Do you?