The Ancient World

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Lauren Gebhardt
Professor Paga
Urbanism of the Ancient World
April 11, 2016
Rome’s Inspiration The phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is commonly used to describe things that take time and patience. The phrase is very true, Rome was not built in a day and it did not rise out of nothing. The rise of Rome was impacted greatly by Etruscan urbanism, Greek colonization, and Hellenistic imperialism. These external influences gave rise to the Republic by impacting the growth and formation of the city, both architecturally and civically, and contributing to the eventual success of the urbs. According to myth, Rome was founded by the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus. The twins were the grandsons of King Numitor of Alba Longa, who was overthrown. The new king, King Amulius, was worried that male heirs of the old king would come back and take the crown from him, so he forced the twins’ mother to become a Vestal Virgin. The mother became pregnant and as a punishment for breaking her vows, was locked away. The two boys were put in a basket and set adrift in the Tiber River. A she-wolf, or lupa, found, rescued, nursed, and raised the boys until a shepherd and his wife adopted them. When Romulus and Remus grew up, they came across King Amulius, who thought them dead and failed to recognize them. A group of King Amulius’ shepherds captured Remus and in the process of saving his brother, Romulus killed the king (Garcia). Rather than taking the crown for themselves, Remus and Romulus
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