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Definition: A dictatorship with one-man rule that evolved from the Roman Republic. At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from the north of Britain to the desert of Egypt. Emperors were cruel and bent on conquering. Art and architecture flourished, but math and science did not. The idea of the empire began with Julius Caesar, who was killed because he was ruling the government by himself. His adopted son, Octavian, became the first emperor, calling himself Augustus Caesar. The Roman Empire split into two parts, East and West. The West fell in 476. The East, which came to be known as the Byzantium Empire, continued for several hundred years.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

Roman Empire: Rise and Fall
Biographies, timelines, language--they're all represented.

Maps of the Roman Empire
You don't get the full impact of the Empire without looking at a map.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Roman Empire Compendium
This site focuses on architecture and culture along with the usual wars and politics.

Forum Romanum
Explore an ancient marketplace with this ThinkQuest site. It looks great, and the content is outstanding!

The Roman Times
This fun site shows famous events through the eyes of "the media."

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