Augustus became emperor of Rome, and the republic became the empire,
First, the Senate lost
all power. They still met and argued but they could no longer
pass laws or collect taxes. The Emperor had all the
the emperor established programs to help the poor, including public or
free health programs and more free food for the poor.
the empire reduced crime in Rome. The emperor had Roman Legionnaires
started to patrol Rome and acted as the police. Criminals did
not want to face a couple of legionnaires, with their swords and
rights for women expanded. It became legal for women to own
property, inherit, and even get a paid job. They were still not
citizens, but they were certainly better off.
free entertainment was expanded. The empire built large theatres
for free plays. They built huge stadiums for sports
contests, gladiatorial contests and chariot racing.
things stayed the same; those things that were part of Roman culture
did not change. The center of town was still the forum with its
marketplace and temples. Everyone worshipped the gods and honored
old age. Families still lived all in one house. The rich
stayed rich and the poor stayed poor.