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The Heart of Rome was the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum.  According to legend, Rome was founded on the Palatine Hill by Romulus after he killed his brother Remus.  Polytheistic Rome believed heavily in the supernatural and origin stories, so this was important to ancient Romans and is still a key tourist stop today.  The Roman Forum is the heart of the Roman Republic which marked the glory days of Rome.  This is where the two houses met of the Roman Senate and Western republics today say that they originated here as well.  The Colosseum is where the great gladiatorial games took place.  Gladiators were the professional athletes of their day and were treated like rock stars in Roman society.  Of course, the Colosseum in later years saw the executions of political prisoners and Christians for the crowd's entertainment.  Wild beasts from all over the empire were killed here and the lower bowl was even flooded for mock naval battles.  Today the Colosseum is one of the most famous parts of a Roman tour.  

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