Following the expulsion of the last Tarquin king in 509 B.C., the Romans inaugurated the larges Tuscan temple ever made, dedicated to Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva on the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill. The architecture employed was still that of the Etruscan world. Rome, however was destined to affirm its presence and language over the entire Mediterranean region, with a history that began with the destruction of Veii itself in 396 B.C. Over the span of two centuries, Roman architecture succeeded in drawing ideas from the Greek and Magna Graecia world to express an autonomous identity that reflected Latin society and its cults. From temples to basilicas, and from imperial residences to bathing complexes, theatres and amphitheatres, every structure spoke a “Roman” language. Great structures that revolutionized the very concept of architectural space throughout the ancient world. Its lexicon was soon adopted by all the cities of the empire.
I am Ximena Amarales and I am Licensed Tour Guide of Rome, my home city since 1984 and have been working as a Tour Guide in Rome since 1995.