The Roman Empire has been one of the most influential civilizations of all time. Its culture has been integrated throughout many societies. At its peak, the Roman Empire blanketed Europe in its vastness and even stretched overseas to Africa.

In addition, the Roman civilization even reached into Asia as well. The Romans left its mark on many societies and left behind a bounty of cultural riches. The Romans can be seen as one of the most complex civilizations of its time by examining its economy, technology, and religion.

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This paper will talk about the origins of the Roman civilization. Also, the growth of the Roman economy through its tribal beginning to its historical rise to power will be revealed. Also, light will also be shed on the contributions to earlier technologies made by the Roman Empire.

The changes in Roman religion will also be revealed towards the end of this paper. So where did the Romans come from? The Romans started out as a small group of tribes called the Italics, which included Latins, Sabines, and Samnites. Those three tribes are the three largest tribes of the Italics. (Haywood, p.194) Eventually, the Latins and Sabines developed to the Romans civilization.

The story behind their combination has been explained in the story of Romulus and Remus. Romans say to have traced their ancestry back to Aeneas, a Trojan hero who escaped the Sack of Troy with his son, father, and small band of followers. They all settled in Latium and married a local princess. Before he married the princess though, he had two illegitimate twin sons named Romulus and Remus.

Aeneas placed the twins in a small raft and sent them adrift in the flooded Tiber River. Fortunately, the raft washed ashore and was found by a she-wolf. The she wolf suckled them, which help them to survive until a few shepherds showed up and rescued the twins. After reaching adulthood, the two brothers founded a city at the location they were abandoned.