Geography and Early Development of Rome

Geography and Early Development of Rome

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  • Geography of Rome
  • Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Etruscan influence on Roman Engineering
  • 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.
  • Etruscan influence on Roman Sports
  • When the princess gave birth to her twins the king, her uncle, was afraid that they would grow up and take his throne.  So he ordered his men to drown them in the Tiber River, before they  were drowned a wolf had saved them.  They built a city together, but Romulus killed Remus and he had named his city Rome.
  • Greek Influence on Roman Architecture
  • The Romans used both the archway and cuniculus in their city, but became better engineers than the Etruscans.  Etruscan arches rested on two pillars, which supported a half-circle of wedge-shaped stones that had 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.
  • Greek influence on Roman Religion
  •  In chariot races the charioteers, or drivers, were strapped to their chariots, if they driver were to be overturned then they could be dragged under the wheels or trampled by the horses.  In Roman stadiums, thousands of slaves died fighting as gladiators, professionally trained fighters who battled either each other or wild animals. 
  • The Romans used Greek designs in their own public buildings.  The Romans also used concrete to build huge stadiums like the Colosseum, where gladiators fought. The Circus Maximus, where people watched chariot races, could seat more than 200,000 spectators.
  • Like the Greeks, the Romans wrote in all capital letters.  The Romans eagerly brought the work of Greek potters into their homes.  The Romans adapted many of the Greek gods as their own, but they gave them Roman names.
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