Posted by smokey57 on 12/14/2013 12:39:00 AM (view original):
You are aware that the holy lands was sort of being occupied by romans at the time of Christ & John the Baptist...they left around 200 hundred years later. A Caesar was a clear indication that the republic had failed..Julius 2 yrs, August 14yrs. It was when rome moved to a representative form govn'mt that the republic failed completely. What did they call that again? ...a senate.
yep, this is all backwards and upside down
first there was about 300 years of Rome as city state ruled by Kings (from about 750-800bc),
then the Rome we all know with the aqueducts and the rapid expansion and the roads and the ruling all the known world bit starts in about 500 bc and that was when it was a 'republic' and one of the things that made it a 'republic' was that there was this body called the 'senate' that annually elected the 2 counsels who would lead for one year terms
then around 27bc you've got Julius Caesar, emperor and give or take the ides of march of your occasional Nero or Caligula you get a decent 300 year stretch for old rome as an empire before it starts suffering repeated invasions (from various varieties of goth, emo and hun), Rome then splinters into two separate empires, gets religion (as a mechanism to maintain power over the masses) becoming 'Holy' and pretty much winds down into the middle ages like a marathon runner hitting the wall
so basically the longest and most innovative stretch for good old Rome was actually when it was ruled over by a representative form of government with annual transfer of power - you can look it up