History UsefulNotes / TheRomanRepublic

3rd Mar '17 10:36:55 PM Xtifr
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The Republic had a succession of executive magistrates with one-year terms, including quaestors (low-level magistrates, 20 a year), praetors (mid-level judicial magistrates, the lowest office to grant its holder the benefit of lictors/bodyguards carrying around their telltale [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything ''fasces'']]), and two consuls (top executives with executive powers checked only by each other and the Senate). In addition, the Republic came with a safety valve: in times of crisis, a six-month term for a special office, ''dictator'', could be granted to one person, granting him complete control of the state. There could be good dictators ({{Cincinnatus}}, Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator), but usually the inherent danger of the office prevented widespread use, and both Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix and Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar would declare themselves ''dictator pro vita'', or dictator for life, granting them supreme power until death.

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The Republic had a succession of executive magistrates with one-year terms, including quaestors (low-level magistrates, 20 a year), praetors (mid-level judicial magistrates, the lowest office to grant its holder the benefit of lictors/bodyguards carrying around their telltale [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything ''fasces'']]), and two consuls (top executives with executive powers checked only by each other and the Senate). In addition, the Republic came with a safety valve: in times of crisis, a six-month term for a special office, ''dictator'', could be granted to one person, granting him complete control of the state. There could be good dictators ({{Cincinnatus}}, Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator), but usually the inherent danger of the office prevented widespread use, and both Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix and Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar would declare themselves ''dictator pro vita'', or dictator for life, granting them supreme power until death.



* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': Takes place during Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar's era.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': Takes place during Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar's UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar's era.



* The RTS game ''Praetorians'' is set at the very close of the Republic, with a campaign that follows the career of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.

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* The RTS game ''Praetorians'' is set at the very close of the Republic, with a campaign that follows the career of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
16th Dec '16 9:33:04 PM karstovich2
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* Creator/MikeDuncan's ''Podcast/TheHistoryOfRome'' details the history of Rome from the legendary founding by Romulus to the deposition of Romulus Augustulus by Odoacer in 476. Naturally, Duncan details the history of the Republic--and by his own admission, his favorite part of Roman history is the mid-to-late Republican era, particularly the period before the end of the Punic Wars.
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30th Nov '16 4:44:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'': Series by Starz, premiered in 2010.

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* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'': ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': Series by Starz, premiered in 2010.



* ''[[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]]''

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* ''[[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]]''''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar''
30th Nov '16 4:44:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* As if the '''real''' Roman Republic wasn't badass enough, John Maddox Roberts' AlternateHistory ''Hannibal's Children'' has them [[TookALevelInBadass take a level or three]] in reaction to being exiled north of the Alps. When they '''come back''' one hundred years later, a Greek thinks that the sound of Roman laughter reminds him of swords clashing against shields. They don't swagger or bully; they're too badass for that. In one battle, an "inexperienced" Roman army under a "second-rate" general faces a veteran mercenary force twice their size and led by Carthage's best general. The Romans are wiped out � but the Carthaginian army is '''wrecked''', [[PyrrhicVictory with two-thirds of its troops killed outright, and most of the rest badly battered]].

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* As if the '''real''' Roman Republic wasn't badass enough, John Maddox Roberts' AlternateHistory ''Hannibal's Children'' has them [[TookALevelInBadass take a level or three]] in reaction to being exiled north of the Alps. When they '''come back''' one hundred years later, a Greek thinks that the sound of Roman laughter reminds him of swords clashing against shields. They don't swagger or bully; they're too badass for that. In one battle, an "inexperienced" Roman army under a "second-rate" general faces a veteran mercenary force twice their size and led by Carthage's best general. The Romans are wiped out -- but the Carthaginian army is '''wrecked''', [[PyrrhicVictory with two-thirds of its troops killed outright, and most of the rest badly battered]].
30th Nov '16 4:43:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': In ''De Nerveuze Nerviërs'' the cast travels to Belgium around the time Caesar conquered the regions. They battle alongside the Belgian tribe the Nerva against Roman troops. In ''Hannibal'' the cast travels to the time when Hannibal Barca crossed the Alps.

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* As if the '''real''' Roman Republic wasn't badass enough, John Maddox Roberts' AlternateHistory ''Hannibal's Children'' has them [[TookALevelInBadass take a level or three]] in reaction to being exiled north of the Alps. When they '''come back''' one hundred years later, a Greek thinks that the sound of Roman laughter reminds him of swords clashing against shields. They don't swagger or bully; they're too badass for that. In one battle, an "inexperienced" Roman army under a "second-rate" general faces a veteran mercenary force twice their size and led by Carthage's best general. The Romans are wiped out but the Carthaginian army is '''wrecked''', [[PyrrhicVictory with two-thirds of its troops killed outright, and most of the rest badly battered]].

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* As if the '''real''' Roman Republic wasn't badass enough, John Maddox Roberts' AlternateHistory ''Hannibal's Children'' has them [[TookALevelInBadass take a level or three]] in reaction to being exiled north of the Alps. When they '''come back''' one hundred years later, a Greek thinks that the sound of Roman laughter reminds him of swords clashing against shields. They don't swagger or bully; they're too badass for that. In one battle, an "inexperienced" Roman army under a "second-rate" general faces a veteran mercenary force twice their size and led by Carthage's best general. The Romans are wiped out but the Carthaginian army is '''wrecked''', [[PyrrhicVictory with two-thirds of its troops killed outright, and most of the rest badly battered]].



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30th Nov '16 4:20:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* As if the '''real''' Roman Republic wasn't {{Badass}} enough, John Maddox Roberts' AlternateHistory ''Hannibal's Children'' has them [[TookALevelInBadass take a level or three]] in reaction to being exiled north of the Alps. When they '''come back''' one hundred years later, a Greek thinks that the sound of Roman laughter reminds him of swords clashing against shields. They don't swagger or bully; they're too badass for that. In one battle, an "inexperienced" Roman army under a "second-rate" general faces a veteran mercenary force twice their size and led by Carthage's best general. The Romans are wiped out but the Carthaginian army is '''wrecked''', [[PyrrhicVictory with two-thirds of its troops killed outright, and most of the rest badly battered]].

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* As if the '''real''' Roman Republic wasn't {{Badass}} badass enough, John Maddox Roberts' AlternateHistory ''Hannibal's Children'' has them [[TookALevelInBadass take a level or three]] in reaction to being exiled north of the Alps. When they '''come back''' one hundred years later, a Greek thinks that the sound of Roman laughter reminds him of swords clashing against shields. They don't swagger or bully; they're too badass for that. In one battle, an "inexperienced" Roman army under a "second-rate" general faces a veteran mercenary force twice their size and led by Carthage's best general. The Romans are wiped out but the Carthaginian army is '''wrecked''', [[PyrrhicVictory with two-thirds of its troops killed outright, and most of the rest badly battered]].
25th Nov '16 1:42:33 AM PaulA
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* DavidDrake's ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'' has intergalactic traders buying a legion of Roman soldiers (the survivors of Carrhae) and using them as muscle against primitive civilisations.

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* DavidDrake's Creator/DavidDrake's ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'' has intergalactic traders buying a legion of Roman soldiers (the survivors of Carrhae) and using them as muscle against primitive civilisations.
4th Oct '16 8:18:56 AM 06tele
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* ''Lays of Ancient Rome'' by Sir Thomas Macaulay: A collection of poems about TheRepublic. They are imagined to be what early Roman literature would have sounded like if much of it hadn't been lost.

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* ''Lays of Ancient Rome'' by Sir Thomas Macaulay: A collection of poems about TheRepublic. They are imagined to be what early Roman literature would have sounded like if much of it hadn't been lost.lost (and it had been written in 19th century English, rather than Latin.)
4th Sep '16 5:03:42 AM Morgenthaler
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TheRomanRepublic left a lot of imprints in Western culture in fields ranging from military tactics to engineering to philosophy (when they weren't plagiarizing the Greeks) to rhetoric ([[Creator/{{Cicero}} Marcus Tullius Cicero]] especially) to politics and the nice big one, law. The legal systems of most of Europe are wholesale borrowings of Roman Law with some adjustments, and even English-speaking nations will find a lot of old Roman Law in their own (the first rule of codified Roman Law is otherwise known as the ''subpoena'').

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TheRomanRepublic The Roman Republic left a lot of imprints in Western culture in fields ranging from military tactics to engineering to philosophy (when they weren't plagiarizing the Greeks) to rhetoric ([[Creator/{{Cicero}} Marcus Tullius Cicero]] especially) to politics and the nice big one, law. The legal systems of most of Europe are wholesale borrowings of Roman Law with some adjustments, and even English-speaking nations will find a lot of old Roman Law in their own (the first rule of codified Roman Law is otherwise known as the ''subpoena'').
16th Aug '16 11:37:34 PM ifly6
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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Many Roman-era fiction, especially those set in the Empire, regard the Republic as GloryDays and works like ''Film/{{Gladiator}}, Series/{{IClaudius}}'' cultivate sympathy for its characters by having them talk about "restoring the Republic". The wholesale corruption of the later Republic, the brutal crackdown of slave uprisings, the series of consquests (which began during the Republic) and the opposition of the Optimates to any reforms goes unmentioned in this NostalgiaFilter

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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Many Roman-era fiction, especially those set in the Empire, regard the Republic as GloryDays and works like ''Film/{{Gladiator}}, Series/{{IClaudius}}'' cultivate sympathy for its characters by having them talk about "restoring the Republic". The
**The
wholesale corruption of the later Republic, the brutal crackdown of slave uprisings, the series of consquests (which began during the Republic) and the opposition of the Optimates to any reforms goes unmentioned in this NostalgiaFilterNostalgiaFilter
**This has as much to do with the modern day conception of the Republic as a fair, just, democratic, and peaceful system of government. The Roman Republic was anything but, being an oligarchical, slave-owning, elite-controlled, and extremely violent system of government by its necessary downfall in the 1st century BC.
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