The reality of the saying, ‘Rome was not built in a day’ probably should sink in now when you learn that the former world empire is marking 2,771 years of existence.

This means that Rome is older than Christ and Christianity and probably much older than your ancestors.

By the end of today, the Italian capital city will wind up a weekend of celebrations marking its 2771st birthday.

On Saturday, the city got a befitting birthday present from its famous football club, Roma, who beat SPAL 2013 3-0 in Serie A, away from home.

The celebrations which began on Friday include exhibitions, concerts, activities for children, street theatre, poetry readings, and a parade in ancient Roman costumes at the Circus Maximus.

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On Saturday, Mayor Virginia Raggi placed a wreath at the Altar of the Fatherland, a 19th-century monument in central Rome in honour of King Victor Emmanuel II who presided over the unification of Italy.

“Happy birthday Rome! Today we celebrate the passing of 2,771 years from the founding of the Eternal City,” Raggi tweeted. “Three days of events to create community and celebrate together.”

Official events at City Hall included a prize-giving ceremony to schoolchildren who participated in a contest about the city, to local police officers for outstanding service, and to beloved actor and Rome native, Gigi Proietti.

Also, students from Rome’s International High School with Chinese option, which offers an in-depth Chinese language and Chinese studies curriculum, read a passage from the Aeneid, a Latin epic poem written by ancient Roman poet Virgil in 29-19 BC, which tells the legend of Aeneas, a Trojan warrior who fled to Italy.

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