The Rise of Rome - Notes

The Rise of Rome - Notes - Geography played an important...

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Geography played an important role in the development of Rome. Italy had a lot more land for farming, enabling it to support a large population unlike the Greeks who formed small, isolated communities. Rome was located 18 miles inland from the Tiber River, which gave them access to the sea. Indo European people moved into Italy during the period from about 1500-800 B.C.E. The three main groups were the Latins (Latium), Greeks (Sicily) and Etruscans (Etruria). In 509 B.C.E. Romans overthrew the last Etruscan king and established a republic, a form of government in which the leader is not a monarch and certain citizens have the right to vote. At the beginning of the republic, Rome was surrounded by enemies. For the next two hundred years, the city was engaged in almost continuous warfare. Rome crushed Latium, Etruria and the Greek communities in southern Greece. Rome had conquered virtually all of Italy. In this unification process, Rome formed a confederation. Under this system, Rome allowed some people citizenship. Why Rome was successful:
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course HIS 107 taught by Professor Bird during the Fall '08 term at PA Culinary.

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