Comparison Between Ancient Antiquity and Declaration of the U.S.

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The U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence present many ideas which can be traced back to the time of classical antiquity. Many of the concepts within the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence can be linked to ideas that were present in ancient Greece and Rome. These ideas and concepts have helped form our society into what it is today. In Article 1 of the Constitution it states that, the House of Representatives and the Senate have all legislative powers. They have the power to pass the laws that control and influence our society. In history, the Romans had a system similar to this. Their government consisted of an Assembly, Senate and a Consul which controlled their society. A second concept …show more content…
The House of Representatives and the Senate are equal partners in the legislative process. These two branches are in charge of passing federal legislation that affects the entire country. Both branches have to agree on the bill in order for it to become a law. However, the Constitution grants each chamber some unique powers. The Senate approves treaties and accepts presidential appointments while the House of Representatives initiates revenue-raising bills. Along with this, each of these branches holds elections to decide who the members of Congress will be. Members in the House of Representatives have two year terms and need to be re-elected to maintain their spot in Congress. Similar to the House, the Senate members have a six year term at the end of which they have to be re-elected to retain their spot in Congress. In order to be re-elected the members of Congress must make sure that the decisions they make reflect the wishes of the people. Similarly in the Roman Empire, the government copied from the Etruscan’s government. It consisted of a Senate, Consul, and an Assembly. The men within the Assembly would annually elect the members of the Consul. The Consul consisted of two elected officials that held supreme civil and military authority, but only had a one year term until a new election occurred. The Senate was composed of a council of elders that advised the Roman Government. All

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