The Rise of a Super Power

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The Rise to Super Power The heritages of the Roman culture lie in the ancient and mysterious peasant civilization of the Etruscans. The Etruscan who was thought to derive from Asia Minor settled in Northeastern Italy, (Perry 75). The Romans or Latins, who were only villagers during the rise of the Etruscan civilization, were in close contact with the Etruscans: their language, their ideas, their religion, and their civilization were adapted. They taught all their culture had to offer. The Etruscans were the single most important influence on Roman culture in its transition to civilization (King, L.W.). One hundred years after Rome had gained its independence; the Romans attacked the Etruscans and defeated them and Rome became a republic in 509 BC. This was during the time the wealthy landowners, the patricians, overthrew the Etruscan King (Perry 74). During this time, Rome was expanding their legal possibilities and political opportunities the republic would bring. The expansion would not be without pains, the constitution was a great form of strife between parties, namely the patricians, commoners or plebeians. The Patricians were the ruling party but the plebeians would see change through. You see the commoners wanted to change the laws on enslavement debt, among something’s but mostly the commoners did not like that, they were looked on in a lesser light. This struggle is often referred to as the Struggle of Orders. . Many Changes happened during the Struggle of orders; Although Rome was ruled by the upper class that often used bribes to keep control and order. The Romans created their constitution based on civic need rather than religious law (Perry 75). The Romans were not just conquers; however... ... middle of paper ... ... King, L.W. Internet Ancient History Sourcebook. n.d. 3 March 2011 . Notes, Spark. Spark Notes. n.d. 4 March 2011 . Perry, Marvin. Western Civilization. New York: Wadsworth, 2010. sparknotes.com. SprakNotes. n.d. 3 March 2011 . WORKS CITED King, L.W. Internet Ancient History Sourcebook. n.d. 3 March 2011 . Notes, Spark. Spark Notes. n.d. 4 March 2011 . Perry, Marvin. Western Civilization. New York: Wadsworth, 2010. sparknotes.com. SprakNotes. n.d. 3 March 2011 .
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