Started by tac, May 16, 2016, 12:03:59 AM
QuoteGaius Marius' military reforms caused more problems for the Roman Republic than anyenemy of Rome ever could. Marius's reforms were created to strengthen the Republic byprofessionalizing Rome's military, but instead the political impact of the reforms had long termconsequences that helped contribute to the decline of the late Roman Republic. http://www.wou.edu/history/files/2015/08/andrewwhite.pdf
Quote from: tac on May 16, 2016, 12:03:59 AMAre We Going the Way of Rome?by MICHAEL AUSLINDegradation of republican institutions is not a new phenomenon. A mirror to the coalescing upheavals in America today is provided by that all-too-familiar doppelgänger, Rome. Last decade, anguish over the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq spawned shelves of books and reams of articles on how America had become a new Rome, risking overstretch and blowback. This decade, it might well be the image of a crumbling republic that invites the most comparison with events of two millennia ago. Perhaps it is precisely because of the timeless fascination of decline and fall that Rome remains a topic of endless discussion after more than 20 centuries.Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435374/mary-beards-spqr-history-ancient-romeAn interesting read that looks at the decline of the Roman Republic. However I believe that she needed to look further back in history at the military reforms of Gaius Marius in 107 B.C.The question is, when did our Republic start to unravel?
Quote from: supsalemgr on May 16, 2016, 05:50:53 AMWhen we began straying from the Constitution and moral decay became acceptable to the masses.