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The Republic of Rome
Roman Empire is an enormous empire whose capitol is the city of Rome in what is now Italy. Historically, the Roman Empire collapsed several hundred years before the Viking Age began.
In actual history, the Roman Empire was one of the largest, extending up to the British Isles, Spain, Northern Africa, and Eastward into the Middle East.
Gobber briefly mentions Rome to the Hooligan Novice boys, as they were about to enter the Dragon Nursery to select their hunting dragons.
Where do you think you are, the REPUBLIC OF ROME?" ―Gobber
The Romans are prone to calling anyone outside of their empire "barbarians", including the
Vikings. They had a conflict with Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and the Hairy Hooligan and Bog-Burgar tribes in .
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In real life, the Romans and the Vikings could have never actually encountered each other as the Roman Empire fell around 300 years prior to the first Viking raid. Cressida Cowell actually acknowledged this on her website, stating that the is "fiction pretending to be history." How to Train Your Dragon book series
. (Retrieved February 01, 2017). Cressida Cowell Official Website