The Italian Peninsula was home to a people that would eventually rule most of the known world. According to legend the city-state of Rome was founded by a young man named Romulus. Whether or not Romulus was a real person is not known. Most archeologists and historians believe that Rome began as a series of several small villages set around seven hills. It is believed that as these villages grew they eventually merged forming one larger city. It is believed that around 750 B.C. the village leaders met together, and decided to form a single government for all the united villages, forming for the first time, a united Roman city-state.