What did Greece and Rome contribute to the development of governments?

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Ancient Greece and Rome laid the foundation for what would be the idea of democratic government in the future. Greece, in particular, championed the idea of parliamentary governments and “elected” representatives—which, in their case, was simply respected, trained elders and leaders of the people who debated in a congressional setting to decide on political and legal matters. This would lay the eventual foundation for democratic republics like the United States.

Ancient Rome, while it followed Caesar and officials who served in a patrilineal lineage, also had respected officials who served as advisors and counsel for the emperor. This would also help encourage...

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