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MORE than just Italy's Capital[edit]

Shouldn't this article's lead begin a bit different from other city-articles ? I mean it's known as "the Eternal City" and has a history which very few other cities have. Perhaps

Rome, the Western World's most imperative city through the times. Usually labeled as "the Eternal City", since 18?? Italy's Capital City but with a history which goes thousands of years beyond Italy's own one.
Or something in line with that ? A brief but "strong" beginning of the lead. Italy was founded (or united) around 1870, but initially was some other city it's Capital, I think. Boeing720 (talk) 21:56, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
I disagree. Rome is usually called "Rome"; romantic epithets aren't among the first things to be known about a city. City articles all start by describing the present, then mention the city's historical role in the first paragraphs when it's warranted; see, for instance, Xi'an, Beijing, Istanbul, Athens, Beirut, Jerusalem. This article should follow the pattern. I strongly agree that the historical role of Rome as capital of the Roman empire deserves far more space, either in this article or in a separate one (there is a separate Constantinople article). Rp (talk) 16:26, 4 April 2017 (UTC)
OK fair enough. But within the Western World is Rome is it doubtlessly so, only Athens, Jerusalem and Alexandria can compete. But the Roman Empire eventually ruled entire south Europe, the Holy Land and beyond, North Africa - including Carthago , which they destoyed. It's sooner a few of the other cities that also could do with (for them)

proper beginnings of the lead. History (for many centuries the centre of the Roman Empire, followed by Capital of Western Rome - when London and Paris still was unheard of/non existing. Again followed by more centuries as the Capital of the Papal States etc, that is far more than the historically rather brief time that it has been the Capital of Italy. I have no connections to either Rome nor Italy, by the way. I've spend an hour at Ciampino airport once, and that's all. Boeing720 (talk) 22:14, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

I agree with user Boeing! Be free to update but with reliable sources! cheers.AlfaRocket (talk) 12:39, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

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History section[edit]

As this is the article about Rome, the city, rather than the Roman Empire or anything like that, I think the history section should focus far more on history within the city itself. I came here looking for details of what Rome was actually like in the republic and imperial eras, but found no information on that, the "Monarchy, republic, empire" section is almost entirely related to the history of the wider entity, including details on the conquest of Gaul, power struggles, revolts in far flung regions and so on. Obviously as the capital, the city is somewhat affected by all this, but the material is extensively covered elsewhere and I think it would be useful for this article to be more focused on events directly relating to the city.  — Amakuru (talk) 09:26, 20 September 2017 (UTC)