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In historiography, ancient Rome is Roman civilization from the founding of the city of Rome in the 8th century BC to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, encompassing the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic and Roman Empire until the fall of the western empire. The term is sometimes used to refer only to the kingdom and republic periods, excluding the subsequent empire.

The civilization began as an Italic settlement in the Italian peninsula, dating from the 8th century BC, that grew into the city of Rome and which subsequently gave its name to the empire over which it ruled and to the widespread civilisation the empire developed. The Roman empire expanded to become one of the largest empires in the ancient world, though still ruled from the city, with an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants (roughly 20% of the world's population) and covering 5.0 million square kilometres at its height in AD 117.

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Did you know...

  • ... that weekends in ancient Rome came only every eight days?
  • ... that the Australian Greco-Roman wrestler Vinod Kumar Dahiya was once pushed from a moving train by the father of one of his rivals?
  • ... that agliata sauce originated from the times of Ancient Rome, at which time it was a peasant food that was also used by the upper classes?
  • ... that Mary Kitson Clark's 1935 book A Gazetteer of Roman Remains in East Yorkshire is still a basic guide to the study of the Roman presence in northern England?
  • ... that the ancient Romans used to bathe a sacred stone in the waters of the Almone on March 27?
  • ... that the Sceriman family, a wealthy Safavid merchant family of Armenian ethnicity, gained Roman citizenship in 1696?

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