Timeline Ancient Rome - Athletic Design


Do dive headfirst into the game if you want! Each card describes a historical event or era, which you should try to date as precisely as possible by clicking on the timeline below it. You do not need any previous knowledge of ancient Rome. You will learn as you play (that is the intention anyway)! But if you'd like a head start, you may spend a minute or two on the crash course below.

Crash Course Ancient Rome

Kingdom 753–509 BC

The Etruscans of northern Italy rule Rome. There are no writings from this time so what we know is from later writings that may be based more on myths than reality. The first archeological evidences of stone buildings and streets date as late as 575 BC.

Republic 509–27 BC


Rome breaks free from the Etruscans and expands its rule all over Italy. The conquered 'Italians' become citizens of Rome. During this period the common people gain political power and are made equal before the law.


Rome/Italy now comes to confront the other Mediterranean powers and after some gigantic wars, Rome comes to rule the Mediterranean world. The conquered areas become Roman provinces and supply Rome with an enormous number of slaves. The wars also change the Roman army from one of farmers obliged to military service, to an army of professional soldiers more loyal to their commander than to Rome. This leads to internal fighting and culminates in Caesar's civil war.

Empire 27 BC–476 AD


Augustus is the first in a series of emperors, who rule with total power. Some were good, some bad, and some mad, but the Romans enjoy a 200-year long peaceful and prosperous era, Pax Romana, with magnificent art and engineering.


The Roman Empire hade expanded to an extent that its vast borders become hard to defend and internal fighting makes things worse. The Empire is split up in more manageable parts. Constantinople is built to be the 'new Rome' in the eastern part. Migrating tribes from the north ultimately take control over 'old Rome', but the eastern Empire with Constantinople stands strong.
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