Ancient Rome to Roman Empire
In order to really grasp the scale of Rome I felt the only way is through a series of posts based on the different time periods and neighborhoods. So let’s start with the very beginning…
Raised by a she-wolf, twin brothers Romulus and Remus founded the city of Rome. Romulus eventually killed Remus, thus the city of Rome was named after him.
Rome eventually grew from a Kingdom, to a Republic, and eventually an Empire.
The Roman Empire was on of the largest empires in the history of the world. Encompassing northern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
The Roman Empire is also accredited for some of the greatest architectural achievements such as the dome, arch, and aqueduct.
These technological innovations led to some of the major successes in the Roman Empire. The Aqueducts gave the Romans fresh water, The dome lead to the Pantheon, and the arch led to the Colosseum.
Originally called the Flavian Amphitheater, The Roman Colosseum dates back to 80 AD. This grotesque icon of competition served as free entertainment for the Romans. Nothing says “it could be worse” like watching someone being publicly executed.
Gladiators would fight each other and beasts shipped from Africa such as Lions, Elephants and Hippos. Sometimes the entire base would be flooded in order for sea battles.
The Pantheon is also a wonder in itself. The Pantheon is actually dimensionally perfect enough to fill the space of a large sphere under neath it’s dome. The building itself is considered one of the worlds greatest architectural master pieces. With 16 monolithic columns made of granite brought from Africa to Rome by elephants, it’s really no wonder.
Of course I could go on for pages of more Roman ancient history…but I think I’ll leave that up to Wikipedia.