Children's LiteratureThis title discusses the Roman senate and examines the origins and structure of this ancient governing body. The five chapters include "Becoming a Roman Senator," "The Political and Social Influence of Senators," "The Senate and Foreign Relations," the "Domestic Powers of Senators," and "Senatorial Meetings and Speeches." The Roman senate existed for centuries of Rome's history. It became a powerful governing part of the Roman government, speaking out for the general population. One of the most well-known Roman senators was Marcus Tullius Cicero. He tried to save the republic from ruin caused by power struggles among ambitious generals. Cicero was assassinated by Mark Antony. Roman senators had a wide range of powers, including granting approval for money expenditures. The Senate was also involved in foreign policy, voting upon issues of war and peace. Senators were also required to attend meetings and make speeches. The Roman senate survived the collapse of the Republic, but eventually lost its authority during the Roman Empire under the reign of emperors. Still, the senate was an institution that was unwilling to relinquish its power and served as a symbol of Roman tradition until its disappearance in the late 500s A. D. Black-and-white illustrations and sidebars are included, as well as a chronology, further reading, and internet sources. 2004, Thomas Gale/Lucent Books, Ages 10 up.
Della A. Yannuzzi