Ancient Rome: a new Power Rises



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753bce, Romulus completed the wall around his city. Remus belittled the wall and its builders. When Remus climbed over the wall, the enraged Romulus killed his brother with an ax. Rome is named for Romulus, its legendary founder.

Rome grew from a small town in 509bce to the ruler of most of the Italian peninsula by 247bce. Throughout this era, Rome was constantly at war with one or more of its neighbors. At that time, when two cities went to war, the victorious army would destroy the conquered city and either kill or sell the citizens of the conquered city into slavery.




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