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It all started in 509 B.C.E. We drove out the last Etruscan king
We wanted to protect our borders but it lead to a series of wars. During 245 years we conquered our Latin neighbors in central Italy. We also defeated our old masters
By 264 B.C.E. Rome and our allies controlled all of Italy
The growth of Rome threatened the city of Carthage in North Africa. During the second expansion from 264 to 146 B.C.E.
Rome and Carthage fought three major wars. Rome gained control of North Africa, much of Spain, and the island of sicily. We also conquered Macedonia and Greece.
It was from 145 to 145 to 44 B.C.E. Rome came to rule the whole Mediterranean world. Rome aslo took control of Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt. Julius Caeser conquered much of Gaul (modern-France). Civil wars divided the city. Roman generals became dictators
Rome sent their armies after the Senate. Caeser himself was a dictator before he was killed in 44 B.C.E. The people who killed caeser thought they were protecting the senate. The Senate named Octavian Augustus
Rome now an empire governed by one supreme ruler.
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