Rome was a Republic for about 500 years! Illustration

Rome as
a Republic

Rome was a Republic for about 500 years

After defeating Tarquin, the last king of Rome, Rome was a republic.  The republic lasted almost 500 years.

The Roman Republic was run by the Senate, which was made up of members of the patricians (the rich).  The people of Rome elected the two top Senators called consuls.  The consuls selected senators.  You could only be a consul for one year, then you had to be elected by the people again.  This system worked well.  The Republic lasted almost 500 years.  Compare that to the USA, which is only about 250 years old, and you get an idea of how successful they were.

Government Under the Roman Republic


Compare & Contrast US Government and the Roman Republic (SPQR)

12 Tables

Plebs & Patricians

Roman Citizens

Daily Life

The Family

Status of Women

Roman Houses

Clothing & Hair Styles

The Forum

The Baths

Kids & School

Wedding Customs

Roman Mosaics

Roman Legion

Roman Roads

Provinces / Expansion

The Aeneid by Virgil

Hannibal / Punic Wars

Julius Caesar


The Republic Fails

Maps & Timelines

Interactive Review: Ask Mr. Donn Questions and Answers about the Roman Republic

Rome Review Q&A