The following table shows a simple timeline of Roman history. We have also created a complete Rome timeline from antiquity through to modern times which includes a large number of links to individual pieces of details of Roman history.
BC Romulus founds Rome. He is the first of the seven kings of Rome
Seventh and last king of Rome, Tarquin the Proud, is deposed by his angry citizens. Rome becomes a Republic.
A century of turmoil. The Gracchi brothers propose social reform in favor of the poor and get murdered for it. Julius Caesar makes his mark and ends the Republic (50 BC).
Augustus Caesar inherits Rome from Caesar and proclaims himself Emperor.
A variety of Caesars
follow, some good some less good. Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero. Ex soldier Vespasian is the beginning of a new, healthier trend.
Emperor Trajan dies and hands Hadrian the empire at its greatest size.
Emperor Aurelian builds the walls which are still visible today.
Emperor Constantine legalises Christianity and splits the Empire into East and West. Rome is capital of the West. Constantinople remains capital of the East until 15th Century.
Romulus Augustulus, last emperor is deposed.
Schism of East and Western Christian churches (Eastern is know as Orthodox, Western is known as Roman Catholic)