Geography and Early Developement of Rome

Geography and Early Developement of Rome
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  • The Location and Geography of Rome
  • I am a Roman who is rather poor, but life is good.
  • The Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Our mom is a  wolf, it's not weird.
  • The Etruscan Influence of Engineering
  • Romans sort of plagiarize everything... or use the exact same things as other cultures! Yes, that's much better.
  • Rome is located in Italy, which includes a peninsula and islands in southern Europe. The Italian peninsula is shaped a lot like a boot and reaches into the Mediterranean Sea with its toe pointed toward the island of Sicily.
  • The Etruscan Influence of Sports
  • Agh!!!
  • The story explains, a princess gave birth to twin sons, Romulus and Remus. The King was afraid the boys would grow up to take his throne, so he ordered his men to drown them in the Tiber  River. However, before the twins drowned, a wolf rescued them. They made a city on the bank of the river where the wolf found them.
  • The Greek Influence of Architecture
  • How does a tall guy like me fit through these tiny doors?
  • Etruscan arches rested on two pillars, which supported a half-circle of wedge-shaped stones. A keystone in the center held the other stones of the arch tightly in place. A cuniculus was a long underground trench connected by vertical shafts to the ground above. Etruscans used these trenches to irrigate land.
  • The Greek Influence on Writing, Art, and Religion
  • If you're a fisherman you may want to honor the Roman god Neptune.
  • The Etruscan custom was to stage slave fights during funerals. Two slaves of the dead master fought to the death. In Roman stadiums, thousands of slaves died fighting as gladiators,professionally trained fighters who battled either each other or wild animals. 
  •  Temples like the Parthenon had stately columns that added to their beauty.The Romans used Greek designs in their own public buildings. Eventually, they learned to use concrete to create even larger structures.The Romans also used concrete to build huge stadiums like the Colosseum. The Circus Maximus, where people watched chariot races, was a Roman architectural achievement. 
  • The Roman alphabet was adapted from the Etruscan alphabet, which the Greeks had adapted too. They both wrote in all capital letters, and the Romans were inspired by Greek poems. Romans loved Greek pottery and imitated their technique, but had a style of their own. The Roman gods were adapted from Greek gods, only with Roman names. Romans were heavily concerned on rituals for the gods rather than stories about them.
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