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Post  martha hildreth on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:07 pm



The early empire began with Augustus’s new political system that allowed the ruler to choose he’s successor from his natural or adopted family. As each emperor grew more powerful they became more corrupt. Many of them, including one coming from Augustus family, Nero, would kill people who where in his way, including his own mother. After Nero’s death, a civil war broke out. Without a system for selecting a governor, the empire became chaos.

The Pax Romana, which means peace of Rome, came after; with the power of five good emperors, Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Pius, and Aurelius. This era lasted for about 200 years and they treated everyone with respect and maintained the peace in the empire. At its highest, in the second century, The Roman Empire was one of the largest states the world has ever seen. This empire covered about 9.1 million square km and had a population of about 50 million people. The emperors and government provided unity and at around A.D. 212 the Emperor Caracalla had provided citizenship to every free person in the empire.

Economy in the Early Empire was very prosperous. Many merchants came to trade at the Bay of Naples and Ostia. Trade went beyond the frontiers of Rome and exchanged for silk from china, luxuries to satisfy the wealth, and grain to feed the population. Farm still was the main job form most of the population and it was the base of Roman prosperity. There was an enormous gulf that separated rich and poor. Royalty and rich people would live in their villas with a luxurious life style, while the poor would have to depend on them to work for their everyday food.

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Post  Lou Bouzonnet on Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:12 pm

Very good topic Martha! It is incredible to see that with the power of one bad ruler, the whole empire can get down and it can cause huge effects, as it did in Rome. Luckily, those five emperors came to power. Did they rule all together, or one by one? When you say that they were "good" rulers, does that mean that they had a democratic government, or were they still ruling under dictatorship? Even though they were good rulers, I think that it is unfair that the poor get treated so badly. I personally think that people should be living differently depending on their social classes, but everyone should be treated equally by the government. Anyways, great topic Martha! Keep it up! thumbs up bananarama congratulations
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Post  Maya Luisa on Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:56 pm

Nice topic Martha. It is kind of scary to think that if one person screws up in ruling then the whole empire has to suffer because of that one person. Poor Rome. I think it is sad that they treated poor people like that. Why did they separate people into social classes? Wow, I never knew that Rome was so big. Nice work Martha, keep it up!
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Post  laraschembrisant on Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:56 am

Peace of Rome." It began with Augustus Caesar and lasted about 200 years. During this period, Roman conflicts with outsiders were few and far between. It was a time of prosperity all through the Empire, as culture, law, and economic growth flourished. I think the Pax Romana, is one of the most important facts of Rome and the Roman Empire. It flourished and it was amazing. How the greeks and the Romans interacted and how foreigners were allowed to be a Roman citizen.

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Post  Ulises De Leon on Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:34 pm

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