|At this time, Rome consisted of the one black |
dot near the bottom, while all the other dots
were Etruscan forts, villages, and cities.
How the Romans ever survived is beyond me!
|Marcus Furius Camillus|
Rome incorporated the Etruscans into their lives and began the official expansion of the Roman cultures beyond the city of Rome. By 1 A.D., Rome was a full-blown empire where through conquest and invitation, the Roman Empire spanned the entire Mediterranean and parts of Europe. Places like Greece decided to join Rome after Alexander the Great died, for the empire he once had fell into disarray with his sudden death in 323 B.C. Believe it or not, it was with great reluctance that Rome accepted foreign cities, where previously conquered societies were conquered only to end conflicts with her neighbors. Rome had many neighbors unfortunately, and the Roman Empire was born almost by accident. At heart, the Romans would remain the hick farmers they began as, and they muddled their way through this new empire of theirs. It is certainly ironic that Rome achieved virtually by accident what Alexander the Great fought tooth-and-nail for his entire (albeit short) life: an Empire that spans the world.
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