From Forward Kentucky: Will we lose our democracy on Tuesday?

By BRUCE MAPLES

In 49 BCE, a single Roman soldier put one armor-clad foot into a shallow stream in northern Italy. This single step by a single soldier led to the fall of Roman democracy.

If you know your history, you know that I am referring to the crossing of the Rubicon by Julius Caesar and his army – an act that was a direct violation of Rome’s rules, and an act that Caesar knew would lead to conflict and possibly war.

What you may NOT know is that the actual fall of Roman democracy, and the establishment of the Caesarian dictatorships, did not happen until three years later, in 46 BCE.

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