ITALY: The Multiplying Romans

Ancient Rome had a population of 1,000,000. In 546 Totila the Goth sacked the capital; for 40 days it had no inhabitants at all, according to the historian Gregorovius. Almost a millennium later, in 1527 after plunder and rapine by Charles V's troops, Rome's population stood at 32,000. During the past century Rome grew from 201,161 in 1862 to 1,173,034 in 1936. Last week the capital's first census in 15 years found that it is growing almost as fast as Los Angeles, now has 1,600,011 people.

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