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Roman Government Compared to United States Government

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Brooke BulfBulf 1
Mr. Vansant
L.A
19 march 2013

The government from ancient Rome had a big impact on our modern government. Our senate is modeled after the Ancient Roman government. Although there are some similarities there are many differences between the Roman government and the U.S government. At first early Rome was ruled by kings and in 510 B.C Romans agreed that a king would never rule them again. The last king was the most unpopular because he ruled in the worst way. His name was Tarquinus. He ruled without telling the council his ideas. He also put to death anyone he pleased. The Romans drove Tarquinus out of Rome.

One similarity from ancient Rome and our government is the Senate. For example a senator is a person from the government in Rome that is also in the modern government. Our Senators for the state of California are Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. A senator in the United States acts as a representative in Congress. There are two senators elected in each state therefore there are 100 senator within the U.S.

A senator in ancient Rome was a little different. Their senate was chosen from patricians’. Patricians were considered the upper class of Rome. Senators were usually relatives of past senators. They were also the people who made up the laws and controlled much of the spending. Although ancient Rome had senator the emperor was the ultimate ruler. Romans did not elect people to the senate. They were chosen from the

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council and there were hundreds of senators.
One of the differences in the government of the United States and ancient Rome is the United States has a two party system, Democrats and Republicans, but Romans had an emperor. Within our two party systems a president is elected into office and the Romans chose an emperor based on their social status. Our president serves a four-year term and no more than two terms. Emperors had no term limits and served for life. One of the similarities of...