The legend continues with the twins Romulus and Remus. They were abandoned by their mother but rescued by a wolf. The twins grew up and decided to found a city but fought over its location and name. Romulus killed his brother and made Rome on the seven hills of Palatine.
After Romulus, a series of Roman kings ruled the city. Sometime in the 600s BC, the Etruscans conquered Rome. The Etruscans were a people from northern Italy. But the Romans wanted self-rule. In 509 BC, they overthrew the Etruscan king and formed a republic which is a government in which people elect their leaders.