Ancient Rome, The Heart Of A Great Empire

1545 WordsMay 23, 20167 Pages
Ancient Rome, the heartbeat of a great empire, was the birthplace of one of the best civilizations on earth. Its ruins tell a story of the world’s first metropolis. Rome was built on a swamp with extraordinary engineering. Buried underground beneath the streets of Rome are the pillars of Rome’s power. Archeologists are now analyzing pieces of infrastructure about the city of Rome and the people that profoundly influenced the world. Rome was the first civilization to conquer the western world. At its peak, it was the greatest empire on earth. It expanded 3 continents and 2 million square miles and it ruled over 60 million people. Rome’s importance is that its endurance and supremacy lasted for centuries. Romans already saw their cities as ancient. Over 500-years of construction, destruction and reconstruction had built the city. Romans story is sacred and they worshipped a goddess named Roma that personifies the city. Rome was founded on the Palatine hill, one of Rome’s oldest hills. Back to 8 century BC, the city’s founding fathers were Romulus and Remus, the semi-divine sons of the god Mars. This explains the engineering work that seems super human in scale. The Roman forum is the commercial, political and religious center of the empire. The Roman Empire was built on a swamp, home of diseases like Malaria, but nothing could be constructed unless a large area was drained. Major constructions began around 600 BC. Construction workers began digging tunnels to drain the water.

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