Ancient Rome was shaped like a book kicking a ball. Rome is on a peninsula along with Etruria and Latium.
Influence of Etruscan Sports
Romulus and Remus were both kids of Mars, but Mars was worried about them taking his throne, so they put them in a lake when a wolf saw them crying. The wolf saw they're despair and took them in to raise as their own.
Influence of Greek Architecture
The Greek took inspiration from the Etruscans with their arches and cuniculus. They used arches for connecting pillars. After while, they became better engeeniries than the Etruscans.