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Roman Empire
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1. Age of the Republic

1.1. Rise of Rome

The Roman Empire developed out of the city of Rome. Favorably situated for commerce on the Tiber River and on a road used to transport salt, Rome became an urban center (from 650 b.c. onward) under the influence of an alien aristocracy that spoke another language, the Etruscans of Etruria, Tuscany. Older settlements on the individual Roman hills go back…

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Vollmer, Dankward, “Roman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.77>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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