The Roman Republic

Please copy the following chart of the Roman Republic onto a blank page in your notebook or on Notability. Use two different colors, make it neat, and draw all lines with a ruler if you're using paper. Be sure to label all parts accurately. I will check these tomorrow and ask those who do a poor job to try again.

 Use the definitions of your vocabulary words to know the role of each government office.

1. Start by labeling the chart "The Ancient Roman Republic, 508 B.C.E. - 49 B.C.E." Underneath the title, write the definition for republic.
  •   Republic: A system of government in which citizens elect leaders to make decisions
2. Now, make a key that includes one color for patricians and another for plebeians. In this chart, patricians are purple and plebeians are pink, but yours may be different colors if you want.
  • Patrician: A member of the upper class of ancient Rome
  • Plebeian: A member of the middle or lower classes of ancient Rome (mostly shopkeepers, artisans, merchants, soldiers, and peasants)
 3. Draw two consuls at the top of the chart, one being patrician and the other a plebeian.
  • Consul: One of the two executive leaders of the Roman Republic, advised by the Senate
4. Under the consuls and to the left, draw the Senate using three patrician and three plebeian symbols. There were approximately 300 Senators, with equal numbers of patricians and plebeians.
  • Senate: A group of the most important men who made laws, and the most powerful branch of the Roman government.
5. Under the consuls and to the right, draw the tribunes. There were ten tribunes and all of them were plebeians.
  • Tribunes: Elected leaders who represented the plebeians, and had the power to block any action of the Senate
6. Under the Senate and the tribunes, draw the citizens' assembly along the bottom of the chart. The ratio is 4 patricians and 15 plebeians. That means the plebeians outnumbered the patricians by a factor of almost 4 to 1.

This chart displays the functioning of the Roman Republic (around 500 B.C.E. - 49 B.C.E.)

Watch the BrainPop video all about the Ancient Roman Republic by clicking here.

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