Rome in its Regal period was ruled by Seven Kings.
Each of these kings reigned for many years, while other events were happening in Italy and nearby regions. Romulus founded Rome in 753 BC. The seventh and last king, Tarquinius Superbus, was deposed in 509 BC.
Rome was built on Seven Hills, inland on the Tiber River.
Regal Period Italy was home to a variety of different peoples.
Some of the various tribes that interacted with Rome as allies or enemies.
A brief overview of women in the first and last monarchies of ancient Rome.
A brief reign-by-reign look at some of the women who played roles during these seven reigns.
Two of my Works-in-progress are set during the Regal Period of early ancient Rome.
Romulus, Wolf who Founded Rome tells the story of Romulus, who wanted to serve the gods, but insted must become a warrior-king. When his attempts at diplomacy fail and he must take steps to secure the growth of his new city, he goes to war. By the favors of the gods, he ensures Rome becomes wealthy and renowned in Latium. But he is faced with a heartbreaking choice, when he learns his noble subjects plan to kill him.
For Rome’s Honor is set during the reign of the seventh and last king of early Rome. Marcella’s father is executed as a traitor when he speaks out against the king’s tyranny. When the long affair of her married friend Lucretia, with Tarquin’s son Sextus, ends in death and revolution, Marcella and her friend Valeria are among hostages taken by the invading Etruscan king Porsenna. Marcella faces a choice that may win back her family honor but at a price she may not be able to pay.