Rome was an "empire" long before it had an emperor.
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Rome had begun expanding shortly after the founding of the republic in the 6th century BC, though it did not expand outside the Italian Peninsula until the 3rd century BC. <span>Then, it was an "empire" long before it had an emperor.     The Roman Republic was not a nation-state in the modern sense, but a network of towns left to rule themselves (though with varying degrees of independence from the
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