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Chapter 11

Terms related to the rise of Rome as an Empire

TermDefinition
republic a form of government in which citizens elect their leaders
legions large groups of Roman soldiers
patricians the ruling class
plebeians ordinary citizens
consul head of government, usually with a limited term in office
veto to reject
praetors government officials who interpret the law and serve as judges
tribune an elected official who protects the rights of ordinary citizens
dictator a person granted absolute power
civic duty the idea that citizens have a responsibility to help their country
latifundia large farming estates
Triumverate three rules who share equal political power
Pax Romana Roman peace
proconsul governor