Term Definition
republic a type of government in which elected officials govern the state
patricians Elected officials from aristocratic families in the Roman Empire
plebeians non aristocratic in the Roman Republic
veto rejection of harmful or unjust laws
Forum central square in Rome
Constitution Roman political structure that created new offices and governments institution
Senate a body of legislator who acted as advisors, controlled public finances, and handled foreign relation in the Roman Republic
consuls Elected magistrates that replaced the king as chief executive of the sate
dictator a ruler who has nearly unlimited power
Gracchi Two brothers, Tiberius Gracchus and Gaius, who tried to redistribute land to small farmers
Gaius Marius a talented general who , as council allowed anyone to join the army
Lucius Cornelius Sulla a general who became consul in 88 BC and later dictator
Julius Ceasar helped end the Republic and became dictator of rome in 44 BC
Triumvirate the rule of tree men
Augustus A title of honor given to Octavia in 27 BC, meaning "the Revered one"
Pax Romana The Roman Peace, which lasted from 27 BC to AD 180
Villa a roman country home that had conveniences such as running water and baths
circus racetrack used for chariot racing
paterfamilias the family father, the oldest living male in the family
augurs priests who specialized in interpreting signs
Galen physician whose medical writing established him as the greatest medical authority for centuries
Ptolemy astronomer who said that the earth was the center of the universe
aqueducts manmade channels used to bring water to cities
Latin the language of Rome and root of french, Italian, Spanish, Romania, and Portuguese languages
Civil Law system of law based on written codes
Christianity a religion based on the teaching of Jesus
Messiah a spiritual leader who according to prophecy i, would restore the ancient Kingdom of David
Jesus of Nazareth spiritual leader who tuaght people to seek forgiveness for their sins
Disciples followers
Apostles twelve disciples who taught people to seek forgiveness
Martyrs people who suffer death for the sake of their faith, inspiring others to believe
Paul Jewish apostles who helped spread christianity
Eucharust a religious ceremony that commemorated Jesus's last supper
bishop a priestly official who oversaw church affairs in a particular city, had authority over other priest in the region
Pope bishop of Rome
Inflation a dramatic rise in prices
Diocletian a capable Roman emperor who assumed the throne in 248 and created an absolute monarchy to strengthen the empire
Attila the leader of the Huns
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