Greece and Rome

Government and Emperors


Most city-states were monarchies and their ruler was a king. Other city-states were oligarchies, which were ruled by the powerful members of society. However, Athens had a form of government called democracy meaning rule of the people. In Athens, people voted for the laws that they wanted.

Roman Emperors

Some famous roman emperors were Caesar Augustus and Commodus. Caesar Augustus was a good emperor because he respected and shared power with the senate, and ordered a census to improve tax records. Commodus was a bad emperor because he was more concerned about partying than running the empire, and he planned to kill his friends but they killed him instead.