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The Romans were a people of genius whose empire dominated the western world for 500 yearsPg 7 Ancient Rome What made the Romans so powerful was their way of government It was very similar to the one that we have today except emperors dont rule us The pax romana or the Roman Peace gave millions of people in Italy and surrounding areas peace Rome fell when it was invaded by overwhelming tribes and groups of barbariansRome was first founded on the legendary date of 735 BC The myth of Romulus and Remus was how Rome got its name The myth was that Mars god of war came down to the mortal world and met a human princess Romulus and Remus were then born shortly after but abandoned A She-Wolf nursed them until they were old enough to be on their own Their dream was to make a beautiful city and govern it and become powerful Romulus and Remus had an argument Which led to a fight to the death Romulus won killing his brother Remus The peoples called his city Rome after Romulus who became the founder Romes Symbol is the She-Wolf that nursed Romulus and Remus nursing them Rome started out as just a group of farmers and Romulus as the emperor Eventually the small city-state became larger and the government stronger and more sophisticated In 509 BC the Roman Republic was founded Patricians were the ones who organized the state Instead of a King Rome picked 2 magistrates or consuls to rule Rome Eventually the consuls became too powerful and the plebeians peoples of Rome became angry because they wanted rights equal to those of the consuls in ways In 494 BC the plebs revolted They elected certain members to be called the Tribunes and be their leaders The plebs wanted the consuls to notice them Eventually after a year of rebelling the 2 consuls let the plebs have the rights they wanted
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