Monday, March 14, 2011

Daily Question: 3/14/11

What elements of the Roman Republican political and legal system appear present in the systems of modern democracies? 

I think that there are many elements of the Roman Republican political and legal system that appear present in the systems of modern democracies. In the Roman Republic, they had elections based on what the people wanted. Today, we have the same thing. For instance, we vote for our president. Also, we can remove a person from office if the people want that to happen. Mostly everything is based on what the majority of the citizens want. Also, we have senates of our state so if we bring up an issue to them, they have to address it to the next person in rank higher than them. According to, the Romans had many different ranks in their government too. They had the Consul, Dictator, Pontifex Maximus, Censor, Praetor, Aedile, and the Quaestor. They also had assemblies with the senate, Comitia Curiata, Comitia Centuriata, Concilium Plebis, and Comitia Tributa. Many of these are related to our government today. Also, I think that the Roman Republic influenced our republic because the Romans began with not letting the women or slaves vote. This was the same for us in the beginning until we developed more freedom. Another related things between the two that shows we developed our government from theirs was that only rich people or the higher class could get into office. Today, it isn't only rich people getting into office, but you can't just be some poor person all of a sudden coming into office. For example, most of our presidents are usually from wealthier families because they have a good education and are raised in a good family. I can defiantly see many similarities between the Roman Republic and many democracies today, especially our own government's ways. 

1 comment:

  1. Your facts have great information to back them up. I like that you put all of the names of the different ranks of the Roman government! You connect back to the modern world very well. This is a great post!