Ostrogoths of Totila entered through this gate inbecause of the treason of the Isaurian garrison. Three years later, the Olympic Games were held at the Stadio Olimpico.
A savage persecution ensued and thousands were killed.
The ruling class called themselves Optimates the best men while the lower classes, or those who sympathized with them, were known as the Populares the people.
However, the Pope was now one of the leading religious figures in the entire Byzantine Empire and effectively more powerful locally than either the remaining senators or local Byzantine officials.
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The city swelled to contain perhaps a million people who were dependent on grain imports and aqueducts for water. Rome, enjoying a rare period of peace, was perfectly set up for this English invasion. Hearing the news, Faustulus told Romulus about the circumstances surrounding his birth and asked him to save Remus. Thus historical writing at Rome did not begin until after Rome had completed its conquest of Italy, had emerged as a major power of the ancient world, and was engaged in a titanic struggle with Carthage for control of the western Mediterranean. After earning military glory in Spain, Caesar returned to Rome to vie for the consulship in 59 B. Romulus immediately set off for the Alban palace, where he not only freed his brother but also killed Amulius and reinstated his grandfather Numitor to the throne. From his alliance with Pompey and Crassus, Caesar received the governorship of three wealthy provinces in Gaul beginning in 58 B. By now power in Rome had become a matter of might — the general who controlled the bigger army prevailed. By 29 B. Poetic accounts claim he was taken up by the gods; more prosaic versions say that he was murdered by senators. Both Pompey and Caesar were great generals who, through their respective conquests, made Rome wealthy. He was accused of all sorts of perversions and progressively alienated himself from all those around him. Rebuilding was funded by the popes, cardinals and other wealthy church officials. Consequently, over time, historical facts about early Rome often suffered from patriotic or face-saving reinterpretations involving exaggeration of the truth, suppression of embarrassing facts, and invention. Their optimism was to prove ill-founded.
In 27 BC he officially surrendered his powers to the Senate, which promptly gave most of them back, making him the first emperor of Rome with the title of Augustus. The Roman cardinals tried to consolidate their power by electing the controversial Urban VI as pope, but their French rivals elected an antipope, Clement VII, who set up an alternative papacy in Avignon.
In 49 B. Emperor Constantine instituted two changes which affected Rome in the fourth century. Trade in antiquities flourished and local artists did a roaring business producing etchings for souvenir-hungry visitors.
The aqueducts except for one were not repaired. With old-style Roman politics in disorder, Pompey stepped in as sole consul in 53 B.
As such, Rome became the focal point of a rich and opulent culture where vast sums were spent on buildings. His death, in BC, was as mysterious as his birth. In Rome the rivalry between the Guelphs pro-papacy and Ghibellines pro-empire was embodied in the bitter enmity between the Orsini and Colonna families. Crisis of the Third Century[ edit ] Starting in the early 3rd century, matters changed. When he died, the Senate elevated Augustus to the status of a god, beginning a long-running tradition of deification for popular emperors. Five years later, a gob-smacking 4 million poured into the capital in a single week to mourn the death of the people's pope, John Paul II. But in AD 54 he was murdered, probably by his beautiful and ambitious wife Agrippina, and madness returned to the city.
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