Many people believe that Rome began when a princess gave birth to two twins, Romulus and Remus. A wolf raised them after they were abandoned, but a couple soon found them and took care of them. When they got older, they went back to town and conquered them. But as the brothers built a new town, they fought over who would name it so Romulus killed Remus.
Let's get him!
You too, Brutus?
As the Roman empire began to form, they formed their own government which was ruled by an Assembly, a Senate, and two consuls who ruled as kings; they were also divided into patricians and plebians, the patricians being the ones who were in power. However, they plebians got rights as well, and soon laws were written to ensure equality throughout the land.
The Early Roman Empire
Rome soon began to expand, taking over all of Italy, but through force and violence. These wars included the Punic wars (which ended up as an expansion towards Africa), wars with Macedonia (in which another win arose), and war with Syria, yet another land that would become part of the Roman kingdom. But throughout this time the government could not take care of its people, and the country began to decline with laziness and violence.
Caesar Augustus and the Pax Romana
May there be peace all throughout Rome!
First elected as consul, Caesar named himself dictator for life and began to take over power. He brought economic wealth, and founded a great army, and many people throughout the empire began to like him. However, the senators grew jealous and murdered him before he could go through with all of his plans.
After Caesars death, his stepson, Caesar Augustus, came into power. He created the census that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and was the emperor who started the Pax Romana. He also was in power during part of the life of Christ.