The Roman Republic And Classical Greek Culture

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The Roman Republic had an upstanding infrastructure, a stable social system, and a balanced constitution that solidified Rome’s greatness. Regardless of its achievements, however, the Roman Republic owes much of its success to classical Greek cultures. These cultures, in conjunction with the fundamental values of Roman society, certified Rome as one of the most significant powers the world has ever seen. The Roman Republic was based off the ideas of virtus; pietas, fides, gravitas, and constantia. Rome’s people based their livelihood around the ideas of its four great virtues. Pietas place an importance on the devotion and loyalty to both family and devotion to the gods and state. Furthermore, this governs those of the Roman Republic to stay loyal to the empire and the gods themselves. This ensures that in a time of war, the state has the ability to call on enabled man needed. Additionally, the commoners of Rome were called upon whenever the state went to war, establishing a loyalty among the people and the surrounding tribes and cities. This both allowed for the ability to call them to arms and ensured that there would be no revolts against the empire. Moreover, Romans considered fides a fundamental value that represent the foundation of justice. In short, fides guaranteed a fairness in all people keeping their word and in matters of repaying debts. Gravitas to the Romans, meant having absolute self-control and maintaining dignity and an unperturbed attitude regardless of whether their situation was good or bad. Constantia charged the Roman people to persevere in the face of adversity and to remain constant in doing what is right and necessary. Republic Rome’s political system was conglomeration of classical Greece’s and a syst... ... middle of paper ... ...end off both forces. Moreover, a key to the success of the Roman Empire was also the downfall of the Greek city-state Sparta. On behalf of the neighboring powers, Sparta they had ruled over them to work the land under slavery. In contrast, the Romans had let the surrounding landowners and city-states to govern autonomously without taxes or any tribute payments and had only required for the people to be loyal to the Roman Republic and contribute troops to Rome’s armies. This allowed for the size of the Roman republic to grow alongside with its army all under one rule. Furthermore, a settler might forfeit its Roman citizenship to land in a new colony and consolidate Italy under the rule of the Roman Republic. Additionally, these roman citizen colonies were smaller in size but would protect the coasts from any invading naval armies, creating a widely system of alliances.
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