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Early peoples had legends to explain where they came from Still imaginary stories have a way of revealing a great deal about the basic characteristics of their tellers pg42 For Instance a non-fiction book written by Chester G Starr is called The Ancient Romans New York Oxford University Press 1971 it is about the lives of the ancient Romans based on Starrs research from other documents Starr discusses several topics including the ancient Romans customs religion status family leadership and daily life Starr emphasizes the victory of the Roman Republic the end of the Roman Republic the height of the Roman peace and the fall of Rome in his book He explained all events briefly from the rise of Rome and Carthage to the coming of the Germans According to Starr because Romans faced so many problems they were very violent and aggressive The setting of the book is in Italy and North Africa where the Romans and Etruscans lived Starr began writing about the origins of Rome 753-509 BC Rome was established very close to the Tiber River The Capitoline hill which was located in the north of the Tiber River and it was later the inner fortress of Rome Starr included much information about the surroundings of the capital city that later became important due to the events that took place in them Starr mentioned that traditionally Romulus was the first Roman to find a city on the Palatine Hill and therefore he had become the first king of the city in 753 BC After Romulus discovery many kings ruled Rome until 509 BC According to Starr Archeologists have recently discovered signs of a great physical change in Rome during the period of the kingdom pg13 Patricians controlled all aspects of the government at the beginning of the Roman Republic The Romans established a form of government a republic that was copied by countries for centuries In fact the government of
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