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In the end, most estimates for Rome's population seem to cluster around one million at its height (first century BC through second century AD). The debates and uncertainty surrounding such a basic statistic as the size of ancient Rome illustrate how difficult it is to study ancient cities when so much data is lacking. The estimate of around one million inhabitants, if reasonably accurate, makes Rome unique because no other Western city seems to have reached this size for nearly 2,000 years—not until Paris and London achieved this population in the nineteenth century.

Curia (Senate House); 24. Basilica Aemilia; 25. Rostra (Speakers' Platform); 26. Temple of Concord; 27. Temple of Saturn; 28. Roman Forum; 29. Basilica Julia; 30. House of the Vestals; 31. Basilica of Maxentius; 32. Palace of Tiberius; 33. Imperial Palace (Domitianic); 34. Temple of Venus and Rome; 35. Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum); 36. Ludus Magnus; 37. Baths of Titus; 38. Baths of Trajan; 39. Baths of Constantine; 40. Baths of Diocletian; 41. Temple of Claudius; 42. Circus Maximus; 43. Baths of Sura; 44.

Another festival that showed the development of different regions of the city involved representatives from 27 local shrines scattered throughout the city who would construct straw effigies. These 27 straw men were taken to a bridge and thrown into the Tiber in what seems to have been a parody of human sacrifice. Finally, the kings divided the city into four regions. REPUBLICAN ERA DEVELOPMENTS With the establishment of the Roman Republic, there was obviously a desire to supersede or at least match the kings' actions.

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