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date: 25 April 2019

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This chapter examines the transformation of the Roman Empire from a republican to a monarchy system of government, explaining that the republican system was replaced because its political institutions were too small to manage the growing social power brought about by military expansionism. It discusses how the first emperor Augustus consolidated his monarchy by creating an institutional infrastructure that sought to regularize the retirement of the soldiery, and also considers the source of stability of the monarchy and the emergence of empire-wide aristocracy.

Keywords: Roman Empire, monarchy, political institutions, military expansionism, social power, Augustus, institutional infrastructure, soldiery, aristocracy

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