Overthrew the Etruscans & established a constitutional government
Senate (council of elders)
Elected 2 consuls (executive rulers)
All landowners (patricians) at first, later plebeians (farmers, merchants, freed slaves) could be on the senate
Continued to conquer - Gauls, Samnites, Greek colonists, Carthaginians
Ends with the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.E.
Copied Classical Greek
Subjects: mythology, gods, battles, emperors