Rome was initially a republic, but as it grew an expanded it became an influential empire. The Romans started with the Twelve Tables which were laws that were strict and sexist about social structure. Rome became divided into classes and the patricians (who owned a lot of lad) used violence to maintain control, soon Rome gained a lot of land and became an empire. Different views on government in the empire led to war, and one ruler came to govern the empire, and if you have power, well you’re good as dead. Rome may have had humble beginnings, and a great power as it grew into an empire, but all good things must come to an end.