Change of the regal Roman Constitution: The senate becomes the real governing power

The close of the regal period, and the causes which led to the subsequent changes in the Roman constitution, render it necessary for us to revert to the internal state of Rome itself. Three distinct movements agitated the community. Continue reading “Change of the regal Roman Constitution: The senate becomes the real governing power”

Military reforms of Servius Tullius – Rise of Rome to supremacy in Latium

The earliest amalgamation in the history of Rome was that which blended together the Ramnes, Tities, and Luceres. This was followed by the union of the settlement on the Quirinal with that on the Palatine. Traces of this union existed in the duplicate religious institutions retained in Rome, but politically it left little mark. Continue reading “Military reforms of Servius Tullius – Rise of Rome to supremacy in Latium”

The Siege of Syracuse – The Romans acquire control of Sicily

At the time (215-214 B.C.) that Epicydes and Hippocrates seized on Syracuse, alienating themselves and the rest of the citizens from the friendship of Rome, the Romans, who had already heard of the fate of Hieronymus, tyrant of Syracuse, appointed Appius Claudius as propraetor, entrusting him with the command of the land forces, while they put their fleet under that of Marcus Claudius Marcellus. Continue reading “The Siege of Syracuse – The Romans acquire control of Sicily”

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