Geography and development of ancient Rome

Geography and development of ancient Rome

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  • Geography and Location of Rome
  • Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Influence of Etruscan Engineering
  • Rome lies on a peninsula on the Mediterranean sea. The peninsula was known for looking like a boot. Rome has many mountains and with it flows the Tiber river.
  • Influence of Etruscan Sports
  • The myth of Rome was that Mars, god of war, was worried that is two sons , Romulus and Remus, would want to take him over. He then ordered that the two would be drowned. They were placed in a basket to later be saved by a mother wolf. They were raised by her. Later they were heroes and decided  to form a town. They argued over the name and Romulus then killed his brother to then name it Rome.
  • Influence of Greek Architecture
  • The Romans adapted the idea of arch ways and cuniculus from the Etruscan's. Using arches in public works, bridges, stadiums, and aqueducts.
  • Influence of Greek Art, Religion, and Writing
  • Rome learned from the Etruscans the events of slave fighting and chariot racing. Slave fighting was a tradition when a slaves owner died two of the strongest slaves would fight. They would fight to the death, the winner then being executed. Chariot racing wasn't adapted until later times. Riders would be strapped to the chariot, this can make it dangerous. If the rider falls he will then either be placed by the wheel or be trampled by the other horses.
  • The Romans used the ideas of Greek designs in their own public buildings too. They found the way of concrete which made their structures larger.
  • The Romans found the idea of alphabet and the art of pottery from the Greeks. They used capital letters and carved it all over for others to see. They also found the sculptures and painting from the Greeks amazing to use for pottery. Not only that they also used the Greek gods as their own, but changed their name.
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