This site is dedicated to bringing you information about the wonder that was the Roman Empire and how its legacy still shapes our history, our language, and the foundations of our society and its institutions. The Roman Empire endures!
The City of Rome was traditionally founded in 753 B.C. by our calendar. The Romans measured their calendar from the foundation of the City, or "Anno urbis conditae". By their calendar, today is Anno Urbis ("The Year of the City") 2768.
The Roman Empire at its greatest extent comprised most of western Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Larger than even most modern nations, the empire was held together by a network of roads, a common language, and most of all a culture which still today exerts a powerful influence on our society and institutions, over 1600 years after the fall of Rome. No other empire or civilization has had such a lasting and significant impact on the modern world.
Ah Censorinus! to my comrades true
Rich cups, rare bronzes, gladly would I send:
Choice tripods from Olympia on each friend
Would I confer, choicer on none than you,
Had but my fate such gems of art bestow'd
As cunning Scopas or Parrhasius wrought, This with the brush, that with the chisel taught
To image now a mortal, now a god. But these are not my riches: your desire
Such luxury craves not, and your means disdain: A poet's strain you love; a poet's strain
Accept, and learn the value of the lyre. Not public gravings on a marble base,
Whence comes a second life to men of might E'en in the tomb: not Hannibal's swift flight,
Nor those fierce threats flung back into his face, Not impious Carthage in its last red blaze,
In clearer light sets forth his spotless fame, Who from crush'd Afric took away--a name,
Than rude Calabria's tributary lays. Let silence hide the good your hand has wrought.
Farewell, reward! Had blank oblivion's power Dimm'd the bright deeds of Romulus, at this hour,
Despite his sire and mother, he were nought. Thus Aeacus has 'scaped the Stygian wave,
By grace of poets and their silver tongue, Henceforth to live the happy isles among.
No, trust the Muse: she opes the good man's grave, And lifts him to the gods. So Hercules,
His labours o'er, sits at the board of Jove: So Tyndareus' offspring shine as stars above,
Saving lorn vessels from the yawning seas: So Bacchus, with the vine-wreath round his hair,
Gives prosperous issue to his votary's prayer.
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