Why you should know the History of Rome before visiting the Roman Forum?

The History of Rome has been one of the most influential to the modern world, most particularly the Roman Empire period. An ancient and powerful civilisation that ruled over a large portion of Europe for nearly 1000 years. The Roman Forum may be a filled with crumbling buildings and overgrown weeds, but it was once the central hub of this historic city, a significant area for both Rome’s past and present.

The Beginning of the Roman Empire

The oldest buildings in the Forum date back to the 7th century B.C, with the very first Roman Emperor in 27 BC. Starting in Rome, the empire soon grew, stretching out to three different continents including Asia, Africa, and most of Europe. Due to an epic size, they soon split the empire into two sections called east and west.

The Creations during the Roman Empire

The Romans were exceptionally advanced for their time, with multiple countries and modern inventions inspired by their creations. They were extraordinary engineers, building the first undergrown sewage system within the city which was revolutionary at the time. Their architecture and materials they used made their buildings strong, with a large portion, despite their age, still standing to this day. Technology improved due to the Romans, as they created Julian calendar, better surgical tools and procedures, as well as bound books. All these things nowadays seem like mediocre inventions but without Roman’s inventions, our way of life would diminish greatly.

Rome’s Downfall

So, what made this supposedly legendary empire fall to ruins? There is no one answer, as there is a range of theorised reasons why this empire fell, but all evidence states it was not one event, but a series of issues which caused the collapse.

Militarily is one of the reasons. Continuous losses caused the military’s strength to weaken, resulting in Rome’s vulnerability for a takeover.

Government corruption and the political dispute is also a theorised reason. The separation of the west and east caused a split in wealth and power, leaving the east side exposed to invaders. The Emperor and the Senate continuous disagreements, as well as the murders and replacements of Emperor, triggered issues.

Finance of the empire caused a decline. After the halt in slavery, which was a crucial factor in their economy, caused a surge in unemployment.

Lastly, Religion also plays a part. The unremitting rise of the new religion Christianity weakened the belief, authority and customs that supported the empire. The old way saw the Emperor as a god, but with more and more Christian believers, the ruler of Rome soon became a mere mortal in the public’s eye.

What you can see in Rome today?

Walk down the ancient streets of this once magnificent city and see the crumbling buildings that were once the most towering landmarks in Europe. We recommend taking a tour through the forum as there are no signs or information, making it harder to pinpoint what is what.

Explore our Rome Day Tour with Vatican & Colosseum today!

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