The 's Decline And Fall

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By eighth century B.C, Ancient Rome grew from a small town on the Tiber River into a world empire. When Rome was at its peak, it had overtaken most of continental Europe, Britain, many parts of western Asia, northern Africa, and the Mediterranean islands (Ancient Rome. (n.d.). Among the many things the Romans left behind from their dominance are the worldwide use of romance languages (Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese) that came from Latin. The current western alphabet and the coming of Christianity as a major worldwide religion are other things that Rome left behind (Ancient Rome. (n.d.). After 450 years Rome became an empire in the wake of Julius Caesar’s rise and fall. The long and victorious reign of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, began a golden age of peace and prosperity; in contrast, the empire’s decline and fall by fifth century A.D was one of the most dramatic implosions in the history of human civilization. Legend has it that Romulus and Remus found Rome, the twin sons of mars (Ancient Rome. (n.d.). Rome’s era as a monarchy ended by 509 B.C. with the overthrow of the seventh king, King Lucius Tarquinus Superbus, whom ancient historians depicted as a brutal and tyrannical, compared to his benevolent predecessors. Eventually Rome did turn from a monarchy into a republic (Ancient Rome. (n.d.). Imagine if you could build your own city at the center of the Mediterranean Sea, mountains surrounding it, and so many countries to trade with; Ancient Rome had the best

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