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Protected edit request on 19 April 2016[edit]

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Srednuas Lenoroc (talk) 20:27, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 22:00, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

That is exactly what was done and corrected from that instruction.Srednuas Lenoroc (talk) 23:51, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Birth of the city[edit]

Hallo, I reverted two additions to the article. About the first, when we write about the "history of Rome" and its lifespan, we refer to the city, not to the villages or dwellings that predate it. Between the end of the bronze age the begin of the Iron age, each hill between the sea and the Capitol was topped by a village (on the Capitol, a village is attested since the end of the 14th century BC). However, according to the archeologists none of them had yet an urban quality. Nowadays we think that the city was born through the aggregation ("synecism") of several villages around the biggest, that on the Palatine. This, together with the raise of agricultural productivity, the begin of secondary and tertiary activities and the development of trade with the Greek colonies of southern Italy, is considered as the birth of the city, and happened more or less around the mid of the 8th century BC. About that you can usefully read, among others, Filippo Coarelli "Guida archeologica di Roma", R. A. Staccioli "Roma entro le mura"; Mario Attilio Levi "La città antica"; Massimo Pallottino "Origine e storia primitiva di Roma"; and, last but not least, Andrea Carandini "La nascita di Roma". The last two sources are entirely devoted to the birth of the city. Coarelli and Carandini have been translated in english.

About Rome having 16% of the world art treasures, in order to write it we need a RS that explain us the criteria adopted to estimate this number. Without that, the number is only "fried air" (as we say in Rome ;-)). Alex2006 (talk) 18:36, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

If "more than two and a half thousand years" seems short to some, maybe we can just come up with different wording? "2.8 thousand", "28 centuries", or simply "since the 8th century BC"? Even "near 3 thousand" would be all right with me, even if a bit of a stretch; it's a general, not a scientific statement. --A D Monroe III (talk) 21:51, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
Personally I have no problem about the first three variants that you propose, but the fact that the original wording "seems short" to someone, is not a valid reason to change it. The problem is not to find consensus about the dating of the first archeological findings on the site which would have become Rome, but the understanding about what a "city" is. A couple of years ago took place a long similar discussion about Istanbul, which some user pretended having been "founded" around 9,000 B.C., but this interpretation has been rejected. The reason, as I wrote above, is that most of historians and archeologist don't consider a couple of huts above a hill inhabited by dwellers who practiced a subsistence agriculture (and fishing, as was the case of the villages on Istanbul's site) as a city. Each ancient city which has not been founded by colonist a pre-urban, a proto-urban and an urban age, and in the case of Rome archeological evidence set the transition to the last one around the 8th century B.C.. The debate right now is between academicians who, like Carandini, think that the myths about Rome have a historical significance, and those who think that they are just legends, but the archeological evidence is not controversial. Alex2006 (talk) 06:30, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Earliest History[edit]

Some content from this section was copied to to improve the page referrred to, which should be the main reference on this topic Rjdeadly (talk) 22:29, 22 March 2017 (UTC)