Roman Civilization was founded on top of seven different hills due to their strategic military placement. This lead to very fertile valleys which helped the civilization grow. Being on top of a mountain meant any attackers had to fight their way up which gave the romans a huge advantage. Two specific mountains, the Alps and the Apennines were their main protection from invasion. Being positioned in the center of the mediterranean sea, Rome even further benefited by becoming a center for trade. With Greece being about 50 miles away from the italian peninsula and sicily being 100 miles away from Africa, Rome became the largest center for trade in its region. Trade consisted of beef, corn, iron, glass, and silk. Rome’s main trading partners were from the Middle east.