Ancient Rome began on the Apennines Peninsula, and the three seas that surrounded the peninsula were Adriatic, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean seas. The early Romans were greatly influenced by their neighbors the Greek and Etruscan.
Etruscan Influence of Sports
Romulus and Remus were tow boys who started Rome. When they were born the king their uncle ordered them to be drowned, but were saved by a she wolf. When they boys were older they created Rome and Romulus slayed Remus.
Greek Influence of Architecture
Romans learned techniques about engineering from the Etruscans. Two important Etruscan structures the Romans adapted were the arch and the cuniculus.
Greek Influence of Writing, Art, and Religion
The Etruscans taught the Romans of Chariot racing and slave fighting. Both of these events either left someone severely hurt or dead whether from a vehicle or the hand of another.
The Romans used Greek designs like columns in their own public buildings. In time, they learned to use concrete to make even larger structures, such as the Pantheon in Rome.
The Romans used a modified Etruscan alphabet, which was an adaptation of the Greek alphabet. Roman sculptors and painters used Greek art as a model, but their figures were more realistic. Ther Romans made the Greek Gods as their own, but gave them Roman names