Talk:Democratic elements of Roman Republic
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This text was originally from History of democracy, however it was was felt to be too focused on Roman history to be relevant to a history of democracy. This text was taken directly from that article and placed here. If it can be absorbed into another article, or if it too similar to articles on Roman History, then perhaps it should be deleted. rakkar 02:07, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
I think the title is misleading
For example, to be a member of the Senate you must have land, money and influence, clearly making the system not a democratic! In a democracy according to law everybody must have access to power.
It is true though that there were democratic elements in the Republic of Rome but that's it.
The reason the Roman State failed in the West is that its institutions were entirely inadequate to resolve the contractions of intergroup conflicts in Roman society, whether within the patrician class or across classes. A precarious tension which they were able to maintain until the late Republic was overwhelmed by the very success of the state overall in its drive to imperium. Subsequently, the interclass tensions which had propelled figures such as the Gracchi, Ceesar, Pompey and others before them as advocates of the non-ruling class interests, led to the complete collapse of the republican institutions and the establishment essentially of a virtual slave state which ultimately was unable to support itself and collapsed in the West. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 17:57, 8 January 2009 (UTC)