How do you think Rome's location on the Mediterranean affected its history as it began to grow into a world power?

Because of its central location on the Mediterranean coast, Italy was an early world center of shipping and commerce, and, therefore, prospered and affected other mediterranean cultures. As the capitol, Rome took the cream of prosperity. Also, every rode in the surrounding areas led to Rome, causing it to be a popular center of land commerce in and of itself. The Roman culture was also more advanced than most outlying areas because, as merchants came in with business and news of the outside world, the Romans prospered mentally as well.