Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.
For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form, but the swarming nations are now in full career.
I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.
It is evident that in the period designated as that of the kings, when Rome commenced her career of conquest, she was, for that time and country, a great and wealthy city.
When Edward Gibbon was writing about the fall of the Roman Empire in the late 18th century, he could argue that transportation hadn’t changed since ancient times. An imperial messenger on the Roman roads could get from Rome to London even faster in A.D. 100 than in 1750. But by 1850, and even more obviously today, all of that has changed.
Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.