Okey-dokey, you"re gonna get your test back in tutorials the week after next (meaning the third next tutorial you have, don"t miss it, cause you"re gonna win it. Alright, we"re looking at early rome, where rome came from, and we"re gonna be looking at myth, legend, and archaeology until we hit written information. They are bordered on the north by the etruscans, and we must of course not forget. Carthage, the colony of the phoenicians that becomes a great city state and an empire in its own right. In the early times, there were around 40 or so italic languages of which latin was only one. Just to give a quick look, the republic of rome, founded in 500 bc, expanded to control a great deal of territory, an empire in a regional sense if not a political one. Partway through the 1st century bc, however, the system of the roman republic was replaced.