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  •                                      Geography
  • Government
  • Social Structure 
  • Located on the Tiber River, Rome had good farm and pasture land. The river provided both a defense and a way to move trade goods, along with easy access to fresh water for drinking, irrigation, and washing. There were also hills nearby on which to build fortifications.
  • Art/Architecture
  • The Romans established a republic, a government in which citizens elected representatives to rule on their behalf. A republic is quite different from a democracy, in which every citizen is expected to play an active role in governing the state. Augustus (Octavian), was the first Emperor of the Principate Era whose ascension ended republic rule at Rome.
  • Engineering
  • The social structure of the Roman Empire was based on wealth, property, and heredity, and the only way to move up the social ladder was through patronage or acquisition of wealth or property. Classes were separated by dress for example, the emperor was the only person allowed to wear a purple toga. The social classes in were Patricians, who were the wealthy elite Senators, who were the political class whose power shifted depending on the attitude of the emperor.
  • Religion
  • The Romans developed or improved their art by copying the art from the Greeks for the statues. Statues were made from clay or marble. Metal was sometimes added to the statues so that they had added strength.
  • The Romans, introduced many innovations which allowed them to build aqueducts on an unprecedented scale. Aqueducts had tunnels and pipelines bringing water from far-away springs and mountains into cities and towns. 
  • Judaism and Christianity, while posing separate threats to the empire, had one thing in common - they both refused to participate in the worship of the Roman Gods and make sacrifices at their temples.
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