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Which of the following represents a difference between the government of the Roman Republic and that of Imperial Rome?
A. In the Roman Republic, the Senate represented the plebeians' views, while in Imperial Rome, the Senate represented the emperor's view.
B. In the Roman Republic, the Senate represented the patricians' views, while in Imperial Rome, the Senate represented the emperor's views.
C. In the Roman Republic, the Senate represented the Consul's views, while in Imperial Rome, the Senate represented the emperor's views.
D. In the Roman Republic, the Senate represented the emperor's views, while in Imperial Rome, the Senate represented the Consul's views.

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    http://www.google.com/search?q=senate+in+imperial+rome&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

    D is obviously out.

    Read up on the Roman Senate and let us know what you think.

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    i think A

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    It's between A and B. I don't think there's a clear answer here, because at different times during the Republic, the Senate represented different people: first just the patricians, and later a broader spectrum of the population.

    I'd go with B, since that is how the Roman Senate began, but the decision between A and B is up to you.

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    Because the Senate was all aristrocrats, and usually picked because of that, it is difficult for me to agree with A.
    Now on choice B, the second half of the statement"...in the Imperial...senate represented Emperor's views is misleading. Truth is , the senate was weak and senators were there because of prestige and connections, as they had no power. So B is somewhat true.
    Answer C, that is mostly true. Senators were often beholden to Consuls for their office, and good graces to gain more money.
    Answer D is obviously wrong.

    So which is it? C or B? Frankly, I think the answers could have been better written: The main difference in difference between the government of the Roman Republic and that of Imperial Rome is that in the Republic the senate held power, in the Imperial period, they were a figurehead.

    All in all, the common Roman, I think, was better off under during the Imperial period, as in the Republic, the government lead by the aristocratic senate was looking out for the benefits to the aristocracy...in the Imperial period, generally, the Emperors did not give a hoot about the aristocracy and its power. Some will disagree with me.

    If you Google Roman Senate Consul Emperor,

    there is much interesting reading. The Wikipedia article is fairly good on the Republic period.

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