Characteristics Of Rome A Good Society

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Roman Virtue: The Good Society
American author, Frederick Douglas, said of a great nation, “A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.” Expanding beyond the shadow of Greece, Rome grew to become the greatest empire of its time. Rome’s mission was to create a good society. At the core of this good society, and at the core of Rome’s greatness, was the Roman people – the Romanitas. Rome’s journey to greatness can be traced through the virtues of the people, their patriotism, duty to family and state, and an underlying sense of religion.
The Romans founded their history in Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Accoding to their history, Rome descended from the Trojan prince Aeneas. Aeneas escaped the fall of Troy and settled on the plain of Latium. It was from Aeneas’ line that Rome’s founders, the twins Romulus and Remus, were born. At first, Rome operated under a strained relationship between monarchs and a Senate. However, around 509 BC, a revolution occurred that created the Republic of Rome.
Learning from the mistakes of their Greek ancestors, and the warring city-states, Rome mixed these different forms of government. Rome created the consuls, reminiscent of monarchy; the Senate, which was the oligarchical element; and the Assembly, which represented the democracy of the people. While still including the different forms of government that
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