Buckle your seat-belts! We’re going back to 800 B.C., approximately 50 years before Rome’s foundation to discuss a natural inlet, just downstream from Tiber Island. It served as a harbor and it teemed with Greek and Phoenician traders who, for hundreds of years, had dominated the Mediterranean and its commercial routes. As we discuss the foreign influences that shaped the embryonic city of Rome, we consider several passages of literature: Virgil’s description of Greek Hercules’ arrival on the banks of the Tiber; the settlement inaugurated by the psychic, Carmenta, and her whiny Greek son, Evander; and the arrival of Bacchus’ mother from the east, tormented by the goddess Hera. The foreigners that populate these stories flocked to the banks of the Tiber from abroad or accidentally washed up in its boat-friendly bay. Rome is not as Roman as most people think!