The Geography and Early Development of Rome

The Geography and Early Development of Rome

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  • The Location and Geography of Rome
  • Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Etruscan Influence of Engineering on the Romans
  • Rome had been built upon seven hills they lived near a peninsula which is a land surrounded by 3 sides of water. They over looked the Tiber river. Rome was greatly influenced by the Etruscan's. They were influenced by these guys because their great engineering skills that they had. Rome had a big Latin army, Latin ended up being their own language that they spoke.
  • Influence of Etruscan
  • Romulus and Remus were 2 new born babies. After everyone got jealous they were ordered to death upon their nephews. They put the 2 into the basket and let them float down the Tiber River. But, they did not drown they stopped somewhere in the river and a mamma wolf picked the up and saved them. The wolves were raising these 2 kids up now. They went to go save their mom and were successful. They then wanted to start their own kingdom and they had a big argument over who would be king. The fight they had turned out so brutal that Romulus had just killed his brother Remus.
  • Influence of Greek Architecture
  • The Romans engineering skills were greatly influenced by their neighbors the Etruscan's. The 2 things that the Romans constructed were the arch and the cuniculus. The arch rested on two columns and a half circle of stone on each side. They couldn't just leave it their or it would collapse so they used a keystone. What the keystone did was supported both weight of all the stones on each side which held it sturdy. The cuniculus was a huge underground moat put together by up and down shafts.
  • Influence of Greek Art, Religion, Writing
  • The Romans were influenced by the Etruscan's. The Romans used this sporting event for entertainment for the audience of Rome. This sporting event was when 2 gladiator who were slaves would fight to the death. Sometimes the gladiators could even fight animals. This was a very bloody sporting event that the Romans adopted for their culture.
  • The Romans were big copycats towards the Greeks. They copied almost everything that the Greeks would build or do. They copied the Greek columns which are still used today on the U.S. capitol building. They also copied the Greek sculptures, but later down the road they would then learn how to make them look more realistic with more ascetics. They copied the Greek alphabet and wrote in all capital letters just like the Greeks.
  • The Etruscan's loved Greek pottery as much as Rome. Romans got some ideas from Etruscan art. They used the other half of their art from copying the Greeks. They made a combination of their own art but they mixed Greek and Roman art. So the Romans would then end up calling it the "Greco-Roman art."
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