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Map of the Walls of Rome (Book 1)
The Plate (No. 20a)
At the end of his book of etchings which showed the gates of Rome, Giuseppe Vasi added a sketch of the walls of Rome and of some other landmarks of the city.
Rome was founded on April 21, 753 BC by Romulus on the Palatino hill. The initial settlement over time expanded on the other six hills near the Palatino.
Rome had walls surrounding the seven hills (called Servian Walls), but with the expansion of the
Roman Empire they were not maintained. In 275 AD Emperor Aurelian built new walls which included also a section of the city on the right bank of the river (Trastevere).