The Roman Empire was the post-Republican period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by an autocratic form of government and large territorial holdings in Europe and around the Mediterranean. Their government was a representative democracy, which had representatives from the nobility in the Senate and representatives from the commoners in the Assembly. Governmental power was divided between these two branches and they voted on various issues. A direct democracy would have been people elected by the people, instead of appointed.
Added 5/24/2012 6:00:13 PM
No it was a dictatorship, run by many dictators, like the senate as a body, this was the reason Julius Caesar was murdered, he wanted to run the whole show by himself and wanted to be Holy Roman Emperor (Like a god!)
Added 7/14/2012 10:32:27 PM
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papop- I think you misread the question.
Added 7/14/2012 10:41:38 PM