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The greatest cities the greatest empires the greatest dictators and the greatest example of conquest and administration in the history of civilization More land than the united states 3 million square miles acquired in 500 years and held for an additional 400 years All the land people and assets of the roman empire were controlled by one city Rome As the roman empire expanded many diverse cultures were taken over and incorporated into the empire we called roman When the cities were taken over the entire upper level of the city would be executed and replaced by roman officials A heavy tax would also be imposed on the economy that was sent to directly Rome The rest of the city would be left alone and incorporated into the roman empire The primitive barbaric uncivilized tribes would be treated in a similar way where their leaders would be replaced with romans and instead of a financial tax they would supply infantry for the roman army Their military was extremely efficient since they did not tolerate any problems in the upper level of command It was structured so that there were 100 to 120 soldiers in each legion and that legion was commanded by a centurion The soldiers would wear a leather helmet leather shin guards leather breast plate and a leather shield The weapon was a short sword called a gladius where the word gladiator comes from To attack the soldiers would line up in 3 lines of 30 - 40 soldiers and then jog at the enemy to do battle The administration was a democracy on paper but in real life it was an aristocracy The rich and powerful families of Rome controlled what the assembly did and thought Since the entire assembly was controlled by the aristocrats so was the way that the assembly voted With the most powerful family in power they control the army since the dictator is the general of it
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