An early map of Rome, outlining the various locations of the archaic city such as the Velabro where Romulus and Remus were tended by the She wolf.
This early guess at what an ancient map of Rome would have looked like has much to tell us in spite of its vast simplification. In this ancient map of Rome we can see the marshy area called the Velabro where Romulus and Remus were supposedly found by the She-Wolf. This area later became a trading port and Forum Boarium (the cattle market).
The map also gives us an idea of the initially square shape of the city according to the sacred furrow ploughed by Romulus. The emperors’ palaces were traditionally on the Palatine (hence the word “Palace”) following Romulus’ tradition.
After its founding the city expanded across to the Capitoline hill which was itself made of two promontories.
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