Ancient Rome

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Gary R. Smith, Ed.D. Central Texas College

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The Glory of Rome: An Introduction

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Rome’s Geography

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Roman Economy For all of the glory and grandeur of Ancient Rome, the Roman economy never developed into anything terribly complex compared to modern economies. Ancient Rome was an agrarian and slave-based economy whose main concern was feeding the vast number of citizens and legionaries who populated the Mediterranean region.

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Roman Law The development of Roman law covers more than one thousand years from the law of the Twelve Tables (449 BCE) to the Corpus Juris Civilis of the Emperor Justinian I (around 530AD).

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Roman Gladiators In general, gladiators were condemned criminals, prisoners of war, or slaves bought for the purpose of gladiatorial combat by a lanista, or owner of gladiators. Professional gladiators were free men who volunteered to participate in the games. In The Satyricon, Petronius suggested that Roman crowds preferred combat by free men over that of slaves.

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Roman Roads

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Technological Advancements Roman Codes and Signals

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Roman Alphabet Our alphabet is similar to the Roman alphabet. However, our alphabet was derived from the Greeks. The Romans didn't use commas, periods, or spaces. They wrote one letter after the other. Also, they only used capital letters. Lowercase letters weren't used until after the 8th century. It is difficult to read a text in Latin. The Romans didn't use numbers, either. Instead, they used letters to symbolize numbers.

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The Real Cleopatra

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