Question: What elements of the Roman Republican political and legal system appear present in the systems of modern democracies?
The Roman Legal system has a lot in common with today’s system of modern democracies. One distinct similarity is the amount of power the government has. The power isn’t all given to one person though it is distributed equally throughout different branches of the government. The different branches of our modern day government, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, and the Legislative Branch, they all have equal power over different things. In the Roman government every person was giving equal power and if someone thought they had more power they were taken out of the government. The Roman system also had a law system every similar to our modern day constitution. These laws included things such as checks and balances, the ability to veto, giving to the Plebeians, and impeachment. As you can see our modern day democracy is very similar with these laws. The Plebeian who had the ability to veto served as the Tribune of Plebs. The Plebeians ability to veto laws is very similar to our President’s ability to veto laws. This was a very important position for the Plebeians because before they were giving the Tribune of Plebs they didn’t really have any say when it came to what happened in the democracy. When it came to politics they didn’t have much of a say in anything so when they were finally given the power to veto it was a very huge and important thing for them.