The Roman Empire

Three topics about Rome

The Kings of Early Rome

The early Romans kept no written records because their history is
mixed with legends, myths, fables, etc.

The old legends say that Romulus & Remus founded the roman

city in 753 b.c. when the seven hills united. Legend says

Numa Pompilius succeeded Romulus. He is described as a wise

and very religious ruler. One of his accomplishments added

two months to the ten-month calendar. Under his

successor, Tullus Hostilius, the Romans conquered

Alba Longa, the religious center of the Latin People.

The Gauls Sack Rome

Rome was supported by the other Latin cities to the south because

they were united under the name of the Latin League and had made

a treaty with Rome for mutual defense. Wandering Gauls laid waste

the land as they went and captured and sacked Rome. The garrison

on Rome's Capitol Hill was aroused in the nick of time by the cackling

of the sacred geese. Although Rome had been burned, The Etruscans

had suffered far worse in the invasion and were weakened that Rome

seized their territory in another century.

The Imperial History of Rome

Augustus was followed as emperor by his stepson Tiberus who
was a capable but unpopular emperor ruler. Then came
the unstable and cruel Caligula, whose life was ended by his
officers that he reigned for 4 years. Claudius was not a strong

ruler, his reign left its mark on the history on the empire.

After Nero's death, there was struggles for the throne

between military commanders, and civil war was threatened.

with Vespasian's triumph, the empire became stable and

Vespasian was succeeded as emperor by his sons Titus,

and Domitian.