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Lessons from history that USA founders invoked in def. of Constitution
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Feb1-14, 03:53 PM
Perhaps we should acknowledge the Roman Kingdom (The Roman Kingdom (Latin: REGNVM ROMANVM) was the period of the ancient Roman civilization characterized by a monarchical form of government of the city of Rome and its territories.) as opposed to the Roman Republic (Res Pvblica Romana). Perhaps the history of both, in addition to the history of England, Europe and other republics, influenced the founding persons in the American colonies.
I'm sure the founders were most interested in what seemed to work.
Let us also not forget the Founding Mothers!
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
How about Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Deborah Franklin, . . . ?
Possibly a useful source for one's inquiry. I'm going to purchase this one myself.
The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams
Jun9-14, 04:19 AM
It's hard to say what principles of government can be gleaned from the history of the Roman kingdom, except 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'.
The king of Rome was originally an elected position. The king of Rome had at least six chief duties:
1. Head of State
2. Chief Executive
3. Chief Judge
4. Chief Priest
5. Commander in Chief
6. Chief Legislator.
The kingdom of Rome was an absolute monarchy, and the king possessed powers that few modern absolute monarchs or autocrats could hope to amass, let alone exercise personally. Over time, the office of king ceased to be elective and became hereditary, although this state of affairs was short-lived before the last king was driven out of Rome and the Republic was founded. What little history there exists of this period in Rome comes mainly from legends handed down by various Roman authors.
When the king of Rome died, the City lost more than a head of state: most of the government and civil life continued on a temporary basis until a replacement was elected, which is why a protracted gap in governments is now know as an 'interregnum'. The Senate appointed a temporary king ('interrex') for five days to run things and to nominate a permanent successor. If the Senate could not agree on a permanent replacement, a new interrex would take over duties for another five days, until a king was elected.
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