I have started to read a new book, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. She takes quite a good approach and starts at 63 BC with Cicero accusing Catiline of conspiring against Rome (Second Catiline conspiracy), in one of the most popular political speeches.
Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?
How long, Catiline, will you abuse our patience?
After this introduction, the next chapter goes back to the beginnings of Rome as a little village.
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