Ancient Rome

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  • 753 BCE

    Founding of Rome

    According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants.
  • 509 BCE

    Creation of Roman Republic

    The Roman Republic was founded after the last Etruscan king that ruled Rome was overthrown. Rome's next government served as a representative democracy in the form of a republic. Initially, Rome's wealthiest families, the patricians, held power and only they could hold political or religious offices.
  • 451 BCE

    Twelve Tables

    The Twelve Tables was a set of laws inscribed on 12 bronze tablets created in ancient Rome.. They were the beginning of a new approach to laws which were now passed by government and written down so that all citizens might be treated equally before them.
  • 395 BCE

    Rome Falls

    The Western Roman Empire officially ended when Emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by the Germanic King Odoacer
  • 324 BCE

    Constantine reunites empire

    Constantine defeated Licinius and took control of a reunited empire
  • 313 BCE

    Christianity becomes the official religion of Rome

    The Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, which accepted Christianity: 10 years later, it had become the official religion of the Roman Empire.
  • 285 BCE

    Diocletian divides empire

    The Roman Empire was divided into an eastern half and a western half by the Emperor Diocletian.
  • 180 BCE

    Pax Romana ends

    Ushered in by the ascension of Augustus as the first Roman emperor, this era of political stability and security lasted until the death of Marcus Aurelius
  • 80 BCE

    Colosseum’s construction is finished

    It is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built, and is still the largest standing amphitheatre in the world today, despite its age. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian and was completed under his successor and heir, Titus.
  • 64 BCE

    Rome is burning

    A fire started in the enormous Circus Maximus stadium in Rome. When the fire was finally extinguished six days later, 10 of Rome's 14 districts had burned.
  • 44 BCE

    Julius Caesar becomes the first dictator of Rome

    Caesar declared himself dictator for life. His increasing power and great ambition agitated many senators who feared Caesar aspired to be king.
  • 44 BCE

    Julius Caesar assassinated

    Caesar was stabbed 23 times by conspirators who believed themselves to be saviors of liberty and democracy. Instead, the daggers they thrust into Caesar dealt a fatal blow to the already wounded Roman Republic.
  • 27 BCE

    Rome is established as an empire

    Augustus came to power after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. In 27 BCE Augustus “restored” the republic of Rome, though he himself retained all real power as the princeps, or “first citizen,” of Rome.
  • 27 BCE

    Pax Romana begins

    Pax Romana, a state of comparative tranquillity throughout the Mediterranean world from the reign of Augustus to the reign of Marcus Aurelius.