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a brief

history

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t Painting of the Colosseum (c 1842)

Retaining layers of buildings spanning over two millennia, Rome has been continuously inhabited since it was founded. As the headquarters of the Roman Empire and then of the Catholic Church, the city has played a leading role in history, not just of Europe, but the entire world.

The Beginning

Rome began as an Iron-Age village in the mid-8th century BC, founded according to legend by twin brothers, Romulus and Remus. In 616 BC the Etruscans seized power and dominated the Italian peninsula. In 509 BC the Roman people rebelled and founded a Republic. ...

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