With the name familia the Romans meant a group of people and things that are under the parental authority of father; it was broadened to the property, land, objects, servants and any other freeman who were under him. The Romans built aqueducts; the “Pont du Gard”is in Nímes,France. Monuments built by Romans are found throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. Senators , wealthy citizens of Rome, could be chosen to serve as consuls, magistrates, or provincial governors. The army was the backbone of the Roman Empire. It conquered new territories, establishing Rome as the biggest power in the western world.