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  1. Roman Contributions • Established a Republic • representative government • Spread system of laws to conquered lands • laws published universally • equal treatment under the law • burden of proof stood with the accuser • Innocent until proven guilty • Architectural styles (arches, columns, domes, sculptures, frescoes)

  2. Roman Contributions • Efficient highway system • Mass entertainment • stadiums and amphitheaters • Establishment of aqueducts and bridges • Building of sewers and bath houses • sanitation • Invention of concrete (change the way cities were built)

  3. The Decline of an Empire • Succession laws unclear • emperors bought throne • over 20 emperors in 100 years • Vast size of empire led to corruption and inefficient government. • Heavy taxes and high unemployment • People were no longer loyal to the empire. • more interested in personal gains than common good of empire • Spread of Christianity • many people questioned the imperial goals of Rome • skilled leaders took positions in the church instead of the government