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...der took over, the Roman Empire declined rapidly, making Aurelius the last ruler of the Pax Romana.
The Roman Empire functioned differently than the republic. The republic had two people at the height or power that would keep each other over balanced so that one did not gain too much control. However, the Roman Empire had a ruler who made all decisions and the entire empire was under his command. In the republic, citizens were eventually treated equally and freemen could vote weather they were wealthy or not. They determined the laws that were implemented and no one was above the law. The Roman Empire didn’t have laws that were made by the people. The people had no option to voice their opinion and decide on laws to be passed. The emperor of the Roman Empire ran things to their liking. They were above the law and had no boundaries to what they could enforce or do.
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