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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 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. And build walled cities for them; the third summer Shall
see him rule in Latium, the third winter Of warfare see the Rutulians [an
Italian tribe] subdued. But his son Ascanius… It is he who shall consolidate
you…

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