This chapter begins by discussing the importance of the geographical position of Rome. It then explains that according to tradition, the city was formed from the incorporation of surrounding villages into the most important settlement in the region, that on the Palatine. Next, the chapter discusses the early development and building activities that occurred in Rome. It then talks about the city's territorial expansion during the sixth century. The chapter also mentions the emergence of a new city alongside and extending beyond the old city: Christian Rome.
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