The Romans have had almost every type of government there is.
They've had a kingdom, a republic, a dictatorship, and an empire.
Their democracy would be the basis for most modern democracies. The
people have always been involved with and loved their government, no
matter what kind it was. They loved being involved in the government,
and making decisions concerning everyone. In general, the Romans were
very power-hungry. This might be explained by the myth that they are
descended from Romulus, who's father was Mars, the god of war. Their
government loving tendencies have caused many, many civil wars. After
any type of government, the change has been made with a civil war.
There have also been many civil wars between rulers. But it all boils
down to wanting to be involved in government.
When the Greeks finally entered Troy after ten long years of
siege, a man named Aeneas escaped the city with his father, Anchises,
and his son, Ascanius.
They went to Mt. Ida, where they were to meet
Aeneas' wife, Creusa, but she never showed up. Saddened, Aeneas
acquired a boat and sailed around the Mediterranean. He bounced around
from Asia Minor to Greece to Crete looking for a place to found a new
Troy, but he couldn't find a satisfactory place. As told by Homer in
the Aeneid, Aeneas was cared for by the gods. Venus, in particular,
was very worried about him. She asked Jupiter, king of the gods about
him, and he said this:
"Since you are so consumed with anxiety for Aeneas,
I shall turn forward far
The hidden pages of fate and speak of the future.
He shall conduct a great campaign for you
And conquer all Italy and its haughty peoples.
He shall impose laws on his own people