Initially a small hellenised city state in the Italian peninsula, Rome slowly overwhelmed its Latin neighbours and later the southern Greek cities after surviving a brutal invasion from Pyrrhus of Epirus, taking complete control of the peninsula.

Rome then was then engaged in three Punic wars with the maritime trading city of Carthage. The first of these bloody wars brought Sicily under complete Roman control, along with Sardinia and Corsica. The second and most important Punic war featured Hannibal's invasion of Italy, and through tactical genius he defeated them several times, most famously at Cannae. However Roman defiance ensured the state was pulled back from the brink of destruction and soon armies under Scipio Africanus secured Spain, then invaded Africa. The weary Hannibal was then soundly defeated at Zama, and Carthage sued for peace. The third Punic war after a brief struggle annialated the city of Carthago itself.

From there Roman power was unanswerable and major kingdoms and celtic tribes were subdued. The republic collapsed when Caesar turned on the capital, but continued under the Principate, a monarchy in all but name.

Roman rule ended in the third century B.C, it's military a shadow of its former self, and the ancient republican traditions abandoned. However, the Eastern Empire continued until medieval ages with it's capital at Byzantine or Constantinople.

The Romans are respected for being the founders of modern day democracy, and their military, architectural, social and administritive prowess. The collapse of the Roman empire brought about a dark age and under Europe plunged into the bloody medieval ages, setting back human advancement by hundreds of years.

(It is thought the bible was formulated initially by Constantine, and Christianity spread through the Roman Empire - hence purist Roman Catholosism exists today. Pagan my arse.)
The Roman Empire stretched from Spain to Syria, including the largest variety of cultures ever seen before, lasting at its largest point for four centuries.
by SporkPork June 02, 2005
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a really hot guy who isnt ugly but isnt all that physically attractive, yet he has something that attracts girls
That person who is walking over there is a roman guy.
by stefanye April 12, 2007
A treasure to the world, this gem of a man is all that you ever dreamt would come true. He is the most charismatic, heavenly handsome, and caring person that will ever cross your path and once you fall deep into his entrancing brown eyes, you won't ever want to leave his gaze. He makes you feel like a wonderful person even though you may not feel this way. He's the most amazing person known to us all. A talented writer, a compassionate man, a heart catching spirt, nothing more can be said. He's words are like molten gold and he will leave you speechless and breathless all at one go with all he is. He's the type of man who with one look will be able to read your eyes and will jolt your heart from that very first moment. He's irresistibly sexy, smart, kind hearted, skilled, overall simply AMAZING guy and you are bound to fall madly in love with him. he is the kind of guy you will want to spend the rest of your life with, each day growing together, loving each other. Truly the most brilliant, sexy, sweet man ever, hold on to him forever because he will give light to each day just by knowing he is in the world. He is the man who will make a space in your heart, touch your being and move you to tears with all that he is. A one-of-kind person and you won't ever be able to fall in love with anyone else once you've given your heart to Roman, il mio amore.
A true inspiration, a man to bless my dreams, he has created a space in my heart, he is the creme of creme de la cremes. The catcher of my eye, the capturer of my heart the guy i love to love more and more... he must be a Roman.
by three.lined.puzzlez May 24, 2010
Roman is an amazing guy who can make you smile with out even having to try. Hes funny and secretly caring.
That guy is such a Roman
by ascot0302 October 27, 2010
The most handsome, sexy, irredistable, funny, caring, loving man that exists. He can brighten up anyones day with his cute, charming smile, and his amazing personality defines his character. Every moment spent with him is a moment that can be cherished. is someone who works extremely hard, and even though failures may sometimes come, he does not let that get in his way.Instead, he continues to learn and pursues his goal.

Knowing him and being in love with him is the best thing that can happen in your life. Even when you are miles apart,he still makes you feel Like the luckiest girl alive.
by 123aim July 26, 2011
The sexiest man in the universe, you cant help but to stare at him wishing he was yours, all the girls want him. All the guys are jealous.
Man, i wish i was that guy, he's a real Roman
by evenhare August 06, 2011
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