The Geography and Early Development of Rome

The Geography and Early Development of Rome

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  • Location and geography of Rome
  • The Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Etruscan influence of engineering on the Romans
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  • Cuniculus
  • Rome is in Italy, a peninsula surrounded by Adriatic, Mediterranean, and Tyrrhenian Seas. People say that Italy looks like a boot kicking a soccer ball, or a Dorito. The Tiber River runs through Rome, and the Apennines Mountains surround it on the northeast side. The origin of Rome is the Latins, who settled on seven hills, created a great city. Their neighbors were the Etruscans and the greeks, whom the Romans were greatly impacted by.
  • Etruscan influence of sports on the Romans
  • Greek influence of architecture on the Romans
  • In an ancient kingdom, there was a princess that gave birth to two twin boys, Romulus and Remus. Their father was Mars, the god of war and the Roman counterpart of Ares. Their uncle felt threatened that the twins would take over his rule when they got older, so he ordered slaves to kidnap them and send them down the Tiber river to drown. But a courageous she-wolf found them floating around, untouched by the waves. Her Motherly instincts kicked in and she took the twins and raised them as her own. One day when Romulus and Remus were playing outside, a Shepard saw the twins romping around outside. The Shepard followed them to their cave and decided that he should adopt them when he saw them living with wolves. The Shepard and his wife wanted kids, so they felt destined. As they got older, Romulus and Remus decided to establish a town where the loving she-wolf found them lying among the reeds. The twins were debating what they should name the city, either Reme for Remus or Rome for Romulus.. The twins started fighting, just like wolves would. Romulus ended up killing Remus, and the city was named Rome.
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  • The Etruscans had very advanced technology, but once the Romans modified the Etruscan's inventions, then they became masterminds of their technology. The Cuniculus was an underground irrigation system, which took water from the surface, took it underground, and used it to irrigate their crops. We still use some of their techniques, as the very center of a road is the highest point, and it slopes down to wash off any water on the road. The Romans modified the Cuniculus to become an aqueduct, that carried water to Rome. The Etruscans also created the arch. An arch had two walls curving in, and then they came together, meeting at the keystone, which was holding them together, making a very sturdy structure.
  • Greek influence of writing, art, and religion on the Romans
  • The Romans were very entertained by Etruscan Sports, which contained a lot of bloodsheds. Gladiator fighting came from the Etruscan Slave fighting. When a slave owner died, two slaves would fight to the death as entertainment for the funeral. Whoever won would be congratulated and then executed. The Romans also adopted Chariot racing. It is like what it sounds, except a lot more deadly. The charioteers would race multiple laps with very strong horses. Other chariots could ram into another, wiping out a wheel, or even making someone fall off. If someone fell off, then consequences might be fatal, like being trampled to death,
  • The Romans took two of the Greeks' inventions, the Columns, and the Amphitheater. There were three types of Columns, the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The Romans also adapted the Greek Ampithetear by combining both of them to create a ring that many people could watch what was happening with more audio. Lastly, they took in the tradition of giving the gods marble temples as homes.
  • The Greeks greatly influenced the writing art and religion of Rome. First off, the Etruscans copied off of the Greeks' writing, then whom were copied by the Romans, but the Romans used all capitalization when they wrote, like the Greeks. Roman art was just like Greek art, but more detailed and the sculptures were sometimes only the heads, called busts. Last but not least, the Roman gods were the greek gods, but with a name change, like Ares was turned into the god Mars.
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