And now 'tis done: more durable than brass
My monument shall be, and raise its head O'er royal pyramids: it shall not dread
Corroding rain or angry Boreas, Nor the long lapse of immemorial time.
I shall not wholly die: large residue Shall 'scape the queen of funerals. Ever new
My after fame shall grow, while pontiffs climb With silent maids the Capitolian height.
"Born," men will say, "where Aufidus is loud, Where Daunus, scant of streams, beneath him bow'd
The rustic tribes, from dimness he wax'd bright, First of his race to wed the Aeolian lay
To notes of Italy." Put glory on, My own Melpomene, by genius won,
And crown me of thy grace with Delphic bay.
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") 2773.
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.