Ancient Rome Geography and Maps for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Geography and Maps
Ancient Rome

The development of civilization 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.

In ancient times, there were enemies everywhere. These early people still had to feed, shelter, bathe themselves and water their animals. The area along the Tiber River, in the seven hills, offered what they needed. They started their city on the top of one hill. They walled around it. As they expanded, they also expanded their wall, until one wall encircled all seven hills.

There is an old saying: Rome was not built in a day. But with all these advantages, it's no wonder that Rome grew quickly.

Land of the Romans (interactive)

Read the Myth of Romulus and Remus - who started it all

The impact of geography on Roman civilization

How did geography help Rome rise to power?

Rome's Geography (wsfcs schools, nc, PowerPoint)

Ask Mr. Donn Q&A Interactive - 5 Themes of Geography, Ancient Rome


Land of the Romans (Interactive Map)

Roman Empire Map for Kids - With labeled ancient cities

Interactive Map - Roman Growth

Roman Empire Map

Map of Barbarian Tribes

Ancient Rome Maps - see below (free use clipart for kids and teachers, right click and save to your computer)


Rome as a Kingdom

Rome as an Empire

Fall of Rome