Government: SPQR – Senatus Populus Que Romanus

SPQR

When the Ancient Roman Republic was founded, officials placed the acronym of SPQR (Senatus Populus Que Romanus) on everything Roman. The translation from Latin means “the Senate and People of Rome or the government of the people.” SPQR was written on Ancient Roman public buildings, military gear, armor, money, and public places. This was a technique used in Ancient Roman society to ensure citizens felt involved and secure. Before the Ancient Roman Republic, Ancient Rome was ruled by tyrant kings, SPQR ensured citizens that this would not happen again. SPQR was a reminder of the new republic after noblemen overthrew the corrupt kings. SPQR made the Ancient Roman citizens feel as if they had a voice and control in the government. With citizens backing the government, Ancient Rome was on its way to building a great empire.

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