36 Mind-Blowing Facts About Ancient Rome

At one point in history, Romans developed an empire that stretched across much of Europe and into Northern Africa. For hundreds of years, Roman civilization grew until 476 AD and the fall of the western empire. Ancient Rome is still talked about today, and the period between the founding of Rome and the fall of the empire is fascinating to many historians. There are some things you might not know, however. Here are 36 amazing facts about Ancient Rome that historians have found, showing that times have certainly changed.

36It All Started in 753 BC

The founding of Rome itself has been debated by archaeologists, though many believe that it was 753 BC when Rome started. Romulus was the first king of Rome, and if the dates are indeed true, it makes Rome the longest inhabited area in all of Europe, which currently serves as the capital of Italy.