Geography and maps (Ancient Rome for Kids, n.d.)
The development of civilisation is affected by geography. Rome did not spring into being as a power on the Italian peninsula. It began as a tiny village along the Tiber River. It was an excellent location, with seven hills offering a natural defensive barrier. The Tiber River gave these early settlers access to fresh water for drinking and bathing, as well as a waterway for trade, and food to eat. The flatland, on the other side of the Tiber River, was perfect for farmland. The soil was good so crops could be grown easily. Read through this website to learn more about how geography impacted the Roman Empire. It also includes great maps that show the size of Rome at different points throughout its history.