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Veni, vidi, vici.
Est tempus for Pax Romana!
Victory to the Great Roman Empire!
 
— Julius Casear

Ancient Romeball, also known as Roman Empireball, SPQRball, Roman Republicball and Roman Kingdomball was the mightiest Classical Age Empire in Europe and arguably the world.

The history of the Ancient Romeball spans a very long time from 753 BC to 476 AD. That's 1229 years. As such Ancient Romeball was one of the longest lasting empires in history. There are countless battles and wars that were waged. Political intrigue, tales of heroism, romance and betrayal.

The Roman Empireball  was one of the largest empires in history on Earth-icon Earthball. Roman Empire spanned an incredible 5 million square kilometers at its zenith in 117 AD. It covered most of Europe, North-Africa and the Middle-East. The Roman Empire was the only country in history that completely controlled the Mediterranean Sea and all the coastal areas around it. They called it Mare Nostrum ("Our Sea").

Travel was very slow on horses and carriages. So it took months to travel from one end to the other side of Romeball. Its capital city was Rome-icon Rome. There's a saying "all roads lead to Rome", because the roads radiated outward from Rome into Europe.

The cultural and technological achievements of Ancient Romeball were one of the greatest in antiquity and human history. It build breathtaking cities with colloseums , Roman aquaducts , amphitheatre. Its de facto official language was Latin. When Romeball conquered Greece-icon Ancient Greeceball it incorporated much of its culture such as art, painting, sculture, historiography, parts of its religion.

Romanball liked various kinds of entertainment. Most notable are gladiator  armed combat in Colloseums to entertain the Roman audiences. Most gladiators were slaves and schooled under harsh conditions. The battles were often between gladiators, animals and convicted criminals.

Romanball was religious. They worshipped multiple gods. It believed in  Hellenism-icon Hellenism,  Nicene-icon Niceneball, and later Chalcedonism-icon Chalcedonismball.

Romeball had many different Emperors. Some were kind hearted and others ruthless and corrupt. The most famous are Emperor Augustus and Julius Ceasar. There are a great many tales about their lives and actions.

Romeball was admired and feared by its enemies. It had one of the finest, well equiped and most disciplined military forces in antiquity. They protected its borders and kept order in its diverse society. Ancient Romeball beat most of the barbarians it encountered and incorporated them into its glorious empire. After defeating its biggest rival Carthage-icon Carthageball, it became the uncontested ruler of the Mediterranean Sea and all the surrounding land.

It despised the uncivilized barbarians outside its long borders. When Ancient Romeball conquered new lands it added millions of slaves and citizens to the empire. This made the population very diverse. The social struture was very rigid. It was based on heredity, property, wealth, citizenship and freedom. There was a pathway to becoming a Roman citizen, but it had to be earned.

The Imperial Roman army was one of the best in Antiquity. but it weakened after numerous succession crises and foreign invasions and in the end, they weren't able to defend against Germania-icon people with pointy sticks. Thereafter it disintegrated, but continued as the Western Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire.

Ancient Romanball doesn't exist anymore, but it has an everlasting legacy that influenced western civilization. Many countries still speak Latin related languages. Many Roman ruins are still in South Europe and some parts of the Middle-East near the Mediterranean Sea. ​Italy-icon Italyball and the capital of Rome still has many thousands year old ruins of the once glorious Roman Empire. For example the Colloseum and Amphitheare and the Pantheon .

History

Foundation

Legend says that after Troy-icon Troyball got destroyed, Aeneas and some exiles went into Latium and founded Alba Longaball. Then, from Alba Longaball, Romulus and Remus founded Rome-icon Romeball and thus Ancient Rome was born as a kingdom. SPQRball was founded around 753 BC-509 BC as a kingdom with an elective monarchy.

They were definitively not Greek when Romeball was just a group of little villages on the Tiber river.

Meanwhile, Southern Italy was getting settled by Ancient Greece-icon Ancient Greeceball, Carthage-icon Carthageball and Phoenicia-icon Phoeniciaball while Northern part was mainly inhabited by Gaul-icon Gaulish tribes.

The Roman Kingdom and Republic

Ancient Romeball born as a kingdom ruled by Sabines and Etruscan kings. During this period, Ancient Romeball slowly conquered all Central Italy. After the last king got exiled from the city,​​​​​​ ​Etruscan-icon Etruscanball got into a war against Ancient Romeball. The result was the acquisition of Tuscany-icon Etruria by the Romans. They learned a lot from these ​Etruscan-icon Etruscanballs​​​​: religious sacrifices, early Roman military structure, and even the toga - yeah, the Roman toga was an Etruscan invention.

Meanwhile, various wars against ​Magna Graecia-icon Magna Graeciaball and ​Greek Syracuse-icon Greek Syracuseball lead Ancient Romeball to control almost all the ​Italy-icon Italian peninsula.

Ancient Romeball, then, became a republic where two co-leaders were elected for a year only. During this period the various Punic Wars and the expansion against Gaul-icon Gaulball lead Ancient Romeball to become the dominating power of the Ancient Known World. Dacia-icon Daciaball and Ancient Greece-icon Ancient Greeceball were annexed too during this period.

The Romans took a long time to conquer Ancient Greece-icon Ancient Greeceball, and in the process, the Romans adopted Greek painting, sculpture, philosophy, historiography, and even religion.

The Ancient Romeballs never became Ancient Greece-icon Greekballs though. There were things about the Ancient Romeballs that never changed: The Ancient Greece-icon Greekballs loved ideas, the Romeballs were practical, in what many historians call a "rustic Italian" way. If they learned something from the Greekballs, they figured out a way to turn it into something that could be useful to the Empire. Roads, aqueducts, arches, are all good examples.

The Romeballs did not try to spread Ancient Greece-icon Greek language in their Empire. They spread the Latin language. It was only in the already  Hellenism-icon Hellenized East that they accepted the use of Greek, and this was mainly due to the existing tax collection systems created by the  Hellenism-icon Hellenistic kingdomballs that had been conquered by them.

The Romeballs never saw Odysseus, Achilles or Heracles like their "mythological heroes". No, they chose Aneas, a demigod who was the enemy of the Greek mythologic heroes. Historically, the Romeballs saw themselves in many ways better than the Ancient Greece-icon Greekballs, and Aeneas was the perfect symbol for that supremacy.

Romeball defeated its biggest rival Carthage-icon Carthageball in North-Africa at the Battle of Zama (201 BC) by Scipio Africanus. Thereafter it became the undisputed superpower of the lands around the Mediterranean Sea and much of the European continent and the Middle East. It also included Ancient Egypt-icon Ancient Egyptball .

During the First Century BC, the republican government was highly corrupted and so the Principality was instituted after Julius Ceasar won the civil war. The Principality became known as Empire only later.

Meanwhile, Ancient Romeball managed to annex  Herodian-icon Herodiancube, Bosporan Kingdom-icon Bosporan Kingdomball, and Armenia-icon Ancient Armeniaball and to partially defeat Parthia-icon Parthiaball, and emperor Trajan helped the SPQRball to reach its height. After he died, Hadrian came to the throne and put the SPQRball's focus on defense. The SPQRball then stagnated.

But in the Third Century CE, SPQRball was pretty unstable and  Hellenism-icon  Sasanian Empireball invades and is defeated by Odenathus, but then the Gaul-icon Gallic Empireball and Palmyrene Empireball manage to secede for a bit.

Christianism and death

As we all know, in 33 AD a Israel-icon Jewish hippie died and thus Chalcedonism-icon Christianism born. Firstly, Ancient Romeball persecuted it due to Hellenism-icon Hellenismball being the main religion but in the Fourth Century, Ancient Romeball converted to Chalcedonism-icon Chalcedonismball.

  • Hi, I live in the Roman Empire and I was wondering- Is Loving Jesus Legal Yet?? (quote from Bill Wurtz)
  • SPQR-icon SPQRball: Non... Actually, Okay bene! (said Constantine)

During this period, the Empire got split into Western Roman Empire-icon Western Roman Empireball and Byzantine-icon Eastern Roman Empireball to reduce the Germania-icon Germanic migrants that were threatening to destroy the Empire, what they later did in 476 with Western Roman Empire-icon Western Roman Empireball.

Byzantine-icon Byzantineball, instead, survived until 1453 when Ottoman-icon Ottomanball finally conquered the last Roman city. Constantinople.

Quotes

  • "Veni, vidi, vici" - (I came, I saw, I conquered).
  • "Roma invicta" - (Rome Unconquered. It was an inspirational motto. It refers to that Ancient Rome was never conquered)
  • “Errare humanum est” - (To err is human. Making a mistake is part of being human)
  • "Est tempus for Pax Romana!" - (It is time for Roman Peace)
  • "Victory to the Great Roman Empire!" - (said by Julius Ceasar)
  • "All Roads Lead to Rome" - (it refers to the fact that all of Rome's roads radiated outward from its capital into the Roman Empire)
  • "Hail Rome" - (a Roman greeting such as Hail Ceasar)

Relationships

Legacy

Countryballs

SPQRball and part of his family.

  • Greece-icon Greeceball: The filius of Byzantineball. My smart grandson who invented democracy long time ago,his father is destroyed by kebabs and he is now of very poor,I hope he recovers himself.
  • Macedonia-icon North Macedoniaball: WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?! I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOUR SLAVIC BULGARIAN LANGUAGE. YOU ARE NOT HELLENIC! YOU ARE BULGARIAN YOU HERE ME! EVEN MACEDON IS PISSED OFF AT YOU!
  • Italy-icon Italyball: The filius of Western Roman Empireball. dare gloriam, yet grandchild. He created his own version of the Latine language... the Italian language. He has great cuisine, just like me! His food est of international recognition, especially pizza and pasta, and his clay est rich in meum historia having inherited the Italian Peninsula where meum capital Romeball and most of meum historia happened and he have great cult.
  • France-icon Franceball: Meum another Grandchild. She is sister of Italyball. Also created her own version of the Latine language... the French language. She has great cultura, just like me! She est the most visited countryball in the mundus, vero a pillar of civilization like Ego was a pillar of civilization in the mundus antiquorum! Her food est also well known: baguette, croissant. Just like me she cannot decide between Imperium or Res Publica. In the end she settled for Res Publica while Ego settled for Imperium.
  • Romania-icon Romaniaball & Moldova-icon Moldovaball: Meum Eastern European grandchildren. They speaks their own version of Latine, Romanian. They sunt the fratris of Franceball, Italyball and cognata of Greeceball. They have great corruptioni, just like me! umm... ok... that's not bonum... They sunt the closest in grammar to me! Preserving certain features of Vulgar Latine that other Romance languages lost, such as three genders (Masculine, Feminine and Neuter) and all six Latine cases. Their food est mostly traditional but bonum: mici, mămăligă. YOU ARE ALL NOT DACIAN YOU ARE LATIN!!!
  • Sardinia-icon Sardiniaball: He est Italy's younger fratris and est meum grandchildren that Ego interested in. Ego interested in the language he speaks... it's close to Latine, the language that Ego used to speak. Grandson, Ego applaud tu for keeping a language that est almost close to mine even though it has been extinct. Hope you get along with your fratres.
  • Spain-icon Spainball and Portugal-icon Portugalball: Born during between Western Roman Empireball, Gauls and Visigoths. Also speaks their own version of Latine... the Spanish and Portuguese language. They had great Imperiums, just like me! Because of them Ego have great legatum under the form of most spoken languages in America Meridionalis! They also have great food just like me and their fratres! Paella, Tapas, Tortilla for Spainball. Bacalhau, Broa de Avintes for Portugalball
  • Brazil-iconChile-iconVenezuela-iconArgentina-icon South American countryballs - grandchildren, filius of Spain-icon Spainball and Portugal-icon Portugalball. Latine yet lives! (my favorite is Brazilball because he likes me) I'm proud of them.
  • Mexico-iconGuatemala-iconHonduras-iconEl Salvador-iconNicaragua-iconCosta Rica-iconPanama-icon Mexico and Central American Countryballs - grandchildren, filius of Spain-icon Spainball.
  • Dominican-iconCuba-iconHaiti-icon - Caribbiean Countryballs
  • Philippines-icon Philippinesball - Grandson from Spainball from the Far East, Latin lives on!.
  • HRE-icon Holy Roman Empireball - My son? Totally not a product of rape.
  • SPQR-icon Saderan Empire - My Grandson from the another world and he has a war on Japan!

Friends

Neutral 

  • 1-icon (division) Hanball - Hey! Thanks for your silks to me and thus trade with me! * Althought he let Xiongnu come!!!!*

Enemies

  • Germania-icon Germaniaball: Filthy, barbaric immigrantes. How dare yuo defeat me!
  • Ptolemaic Egypt-icon Ptolemaic Egyptball: EGO DEFEATED TU!! HA!
  • Etruscan-icon Etruscanball: Raped our Lucretia.
  • Gaul-icon Gaulball: Barbarians
  • Dacia-icon Daciaball: Stupidus heretics and the worst enemy EVER. ROMANIA IS OF LATIN NO DACIAN!!! AND NEVER RISE AS AN EMPIRE AGAIN! AND NEVER FORGET THE FIRST DACIAN WAR,WHEN I LOST! AND YOU FORCED ME TO PAY YOU TRIBUTE OF 8 MOTHERFUCKING MILLION SESTERCES!THANKS TO MY INCOMPETENT EMPEROR OF DOMITIAN! GGGRRRR!  
  • Sassanid-icon Sassanidball: Was of meum grandis rival back then.
  • Carthage-icon Carthageball: Worst rival ever, Carthago Delenda Est!
  • Seleucid-icon Seleucidball: Their incompetent king tried to take my land.
  • Kingdom of Pontus-icon Kingdom of Pontusball: Tried to take my land.
  • Parthia-icon Parthiaball: Most powerful barbarian known. Defeated my general at 53 AD.
  • Hun-icon Xiongnu confederacyball: Actually I do not know much about him. But his sons (Great Seljukball, Ottomansball, Rumball) kılled my son!! HOW DARE YOU!!! YOU DİRTY KEBAB! (I still don't know what is kebab but remove!)

How to draw

  1. Draw a circle filled with red
  2. Draw SPQR in the middle using gold and add a laurel wreath of the same color
  3. Draw eyes and you're finished
  4. Recommended, but not necessary, draw a galea or a laurel wreath

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