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The Growth of Rome

Rome was founded (built) in about 750BC (Before Christ). At first Rome was a tiny village, surrounded by lots of other little villages that ran their own affairs. By 130AD though Rome controlled most of Europe, had conquered Britain and had an empire that stretched a long way into Asia and across Northern Africa. This unit examines the reasons why Rome grew so quickly.

There are a number of reasons for Rome growing from a village to an empire so quickly (it was quick when you consider that there were no cars, trains or aeroplanes... not even any telephones or post boxes for them to use!). You will find some of the main reasons below... there are other possibilites though.

WAR!

Much of the Empire was gained through fighting. At first the Romans fought small battles with neighbouring tribes who they had arguments with. as they won these battles they gained control of the lands around Rome and gradually gained land and power. These victories made the Romans confident and soon the Roman Army was waging wars to gain land rather than to defend Rome. This led to Italy falling to Roman control, then countries such as Greece, Austria and France fell. As the empire grew larger the army also grew as captured soldiers would be made to join the army... allowing the Romans to attack yet more countries.

TRADE

The Romans became very wealthy as a result of the wars that they fought. Some areas of Europe were keen to make money from the Romans and were willing to let the Romans control them in return for the protection they offered and the wealth that they generated through trading.

ALLIANCE

Sometimes people would feel threatened by other tribes and ask the Romans to help them. These tribes would form an alliance (make an agreement) with the Romans saying that they would help each other out in times of trouble: this usually meant that the Roman Army would go and stay in this place.

CURIOSITY!

Some people think that the Romans only invaded Britain to find out if the islands are at the end of the world! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Medicinethroughtime.co.uk - new site. Including Blog and use of twitter for free text / IM revision tips.

   

 

SchoolsHistory.org.uk highly recommends these sites:

gcsehistory.org.uk - new site aiming to provide an accessible narrative for GCSE History pupils.
Schoolhistory.co.uk - fantastic range of interactive games, revision materials and links.
ActiveHistory.co.uk - outstanding use of ICT to engage pupils.
Thinkinghistory.co.uk - a brilliant range of learning activities from Ian Dawson
JohnDClare.net - simply the best for Modern World GCSE students
History.org.uk - resources and CPD materials from the Historical Association.
Historyboxes.com - make your lessons 'real' with artefacts and living history provided by experts
Schoolshistory.com - same author as this site, just put together in a slightly different way!
Medicinethroughtime.co.uk - all new resources for teachers and pupils of the SHP Medicine course
Crimeandpunishmentthroughtime.co.uk - A new site providing resources for teachers and pupils of the Crime and Punishment unit
Rouseabout.co.uk - excellent range of photographs of Yorkshire scenery.
Wallarms.com Militaria - a range of interesting pieces of militaria is available via tihs site
The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye, Oakworth - great historical public house with loads of great beer and a lovely atmosphere