Trouble in the Republic


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Trouble in the Republic

  1. 1. Trouble in the Republic
  2. 2. Agenda 3/20/07 <ul><li>Trouble in the Republic Stations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Warm Up <ul><li>Answer the following question with the munchkins at your table. </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Think about some problems that we have in our society today. Write one down in your notes and discuss it with your table. Are these big problems? Do they affect me? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives <ul><li>Recognize the elements that led to problems in the Roman Republic </li></ul><ul><li>Relate common day problems from Rome to those in today’s society </li></ul>
  5. 5. Main Idea <ul><li>The use of enslaved labor hurt farmers, increased poverty, and brought the army into politics. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Directions: <ul><li>Begin at the table you are seated at. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the highlighted section of the text in front of you and jot down AT LEAST 2 bullet points that you think are important </li></ul><ul><li>When you hear the music, move to the next table. </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat at the next station. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue until you are back in your regular seats. </li></ul>
  7. 8. A. Farmers Grumble <ul><li>Plebeians unhappy with with the power structure – what was it? </li></ul><ul><li>Many farmers were unable to farm – why? </li></ul><ul><li>Nobles used slave labor, forced small farmers out of business – how? </li></ul><ul><li>ALL free citizens had the right to be treated equally </li></ul>
  8. 9. B. Poverty Rises <ul><li>Farmers could not pay off their debts </li></ul><ul><li>Sold their land and went to the city to look for work </li></ul><ul><li>But – jobs were hard to find because slaves did most of the work </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs that could be found paid very little </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment and poverty rise </li></ul>
  9. 10. C. Diversion Tactics <ul><li>Politicians attempt to distract the people </li></ul><ul><li>Provide cheap food and entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Called “Bread and circuses” – origins of the great games </li></ul><ul><li>Many dishonest rulers come to power </li></ul>
  10. 11. D. The Gracchus Brothers <ul><li>Not all wealthy people ignored the problems </li></ul><ul><li>Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus tried to help </li></ul><ul><li>Asked the senate to give land to the poor </li></ul><ul><li>Assassinated by several senators – why? </li></ul><ul><li>RICH WANT TO STAY RICH!!! </li></ul>
  11. 12. E. Army Enters Politics <ul><li>Previously soldiers were farmers </li></ul><ul><li>General named Marius began to recruit the poor and promised them land and money </li></ul><ul><li>Soldiers now fought for possessions rather then a sense of duty to Rome </li></ul><ul><li>Brought the Generals into politics – why? </li></ul>
  12. 13. F. Absolute power… <ul><li>82 B.C.E. General Sulla declares himself dictator </li></ul><ul><li>Weakened the Council of Plebs (COP) </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthened the senate </li></ul><ul><li>Stepped down from office, hoped the Republic would heal itself </li></ul><ul><li>Other men saw he he used the Army </li></ul>
  13. 14. Get to Know Mr. Landis <ul><li>Which of the following is TRUE about Mr. Landis </li></ul><ul><li>I can play the piano, guitar, and trombone </li></ul><ul><li>I rode a horse to the prom during high school </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>NUMBER ONE IS TRUE!!!!!!!!! </li></ul>