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Roman Republic Question:
Why did the Roman Republic end?
There is no one simple reason why the Roman Republic failed and ended. Many separate causes contributed. First, the republic got too big. Soldiers and armies sent to far off parts of the republic became loyal to their generals and not to Rome. Roman generals fought other Roman generals to see who would become the most powerful. The Senate could not govern the outlying provinces since they were too far away so they appointed governors (usually generals) to run them. The Republic had other problems. The Senate of Rome became a place where only the rich could become senators since the law allowed them to buy the votes they needed to get elected. Corruption in the Senate became the norm. Many Romans were out of work and turned to crime to get by and the streets of Rome became dangerous. It was into this age that Julius Caesar came. The Republic Fails