Rome's history spans more than two and a half thousand years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at only around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of Western civilization and by some as the first ever metropolis. It is referred to as "Roma Aeterna" (The Eternal City) and "Caput Mundi" (Capital of the World), two central notions in ancient Roman culture.
Presenting 15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Rome | Mega Series Part 2
1. Spanish Steps, ca. 1840-1865
2. Rome Police Department _C1909
3. Trevi Fountain, in the background the church of SS. Vincent and Anastasius, c. 1890
4. Audrey Hepburn photographed sitting on the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy during the production of Roman Holiday, 1952
5. Rome During 1950s
6. Corso Vittorio Emanuele_c1900
7. Rome in 1940
8. Miniskirt-wearing girls walking on the Spanish Steps in Rome_1950's
9. Pantheon, mid 1800s
10. Largo di Torre Argentina_c1800
11. Piazza Colonna, in the background Palazzo Piombino, c. 1887.
12. Italian driver Alberto Ascari steers his Lancia at the finish line of the 1000 Miles race in Rome. May 1954
13. G. Primoli, View of piazza Venezia towards via IV Novembre, c. 1890.
14. Via del Corso with Warehouses Bocconi on the right, c. 1890
15. Arch of Constantine, between 1859 and 1910,
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Traditional stories handed down by the ancient Romans themselves explain the earliest history of their city in terms of legend and myth. The most familiar of these myths, and perhaps the most famous of all Roman myths, is the story of Romulus and Remus, the twins who were suckled by a she-wolf.They decided to build a city, but after an argument, Romulus killed his brother and the city took his name. According to the Roman annalists, this happened on 21 April 753 BC. This legend had to be reconciled with a dual tradition, set earlier in time, that had the Trojan refugee Aeneas escape to Italy and found the line of Romans through his son Iulus, the namesake of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. This was accomplished by the Roman poet Virgil in the first century BC.
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