You know that old saying…“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” ..does it have any meaning? Well, the saying goes because Rome was the center of the Roman Empire, one of the largest Empires in the history of the world. The city of Rome was almost a metropolis. It is not known exactly the population of Rome..some historians estimate it at 1 million at it’s peak (1st Century BC), while other historians have suggested it was 4 to 5 million. Either way Rome was a huge city, with many cultural and leisurely activities. Rome was also a very wealthy city with many people living huge houses with servants. So…“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” SPLURGE,SPEND,EAT,DRINK,FIGHT!! To a wealthy Roman, GO CRAZY!!
Any excuse for Ron Burgundy!
Hopefully you will get the expression after that!
But Before we get into the hype of all of this gluttony, how did the Roman Empire Evolve?
No oddball!, Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day! The story of Rome began in the 8th Century BC (799-700) when villages grew on seven hills along the bank of the River Tiber. The villages joined together to form the city of Rome in 753BC.
Rome expanded and conquered many lands around the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually, the Roman Empire conquered all of Italy by 250BC. By the year 44BC, the Roman Empire stretched from Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England to Jerusalem in the Middle East, conquering many parts of North Africa, Central Europe and Turkey.
COME ON GET TO THE WOLF ALREADY!!!
With every great place their is a great foundation myth.
The Chinese had Pan Gu, the ancestor of all mankind, with a man’s body and a dog’s head!
The Greeks had the Titans, Chaos and a whole load of mischief !
The Aztecs even had Nahuatl, the lady with a skirt of snakes that became impregnated by a ball of feathers while sweeping a temple!
Heck! Even Ireland has it’s own creation myth documented in Leabhar Gabhála Éireann – The Book of Invasions, where we were involved in everything; from the ancestry of Noah, to Pharoah’s Egypt, to the Tower of Babel. Not exactly ones to be showing off now are we?
Rome is no different..so without further delay..here it is…the legend of Rome.
The myth of
Romulus and Remus
Rhea was a princess and a mortal woman who was married to Mars, the Roman god of war. Rhea and Mars had twin sons and named them Romulus and Remus. Some of the other gods were jealous of Mars and Rhea, and plotted to kill Romulus and Remus. Rhea heard about the plot. Since Mars was away she needed to protect the boys. She put them in a basket and set it floating down the river hoping that they would be found. They were found by a female wolf who decided to raise them as her own cubs. After the boys had grown some the wolf knew she couldn’t keep them so she put them where a shepherd would find them. The shepherd and his wife continued to raise Romulus and Remus.
As the boys grew into manhood, they decided to build a city and rule it as its king. They had a contest to see who would be the top king. When it appeared that Remus was going to win the contest, Romulus got so angry that he killed Remus with a rock and became the first king of Rome. This is an important story for Romans since their city was started by the son of a god it had to be more powerful than any other city
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