The Geography and Early Development of Rome

The Geography and Early Development of Rome

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  • Location and Geography of Rome
  • Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Etruscan influence of engineering on the Romans
  • Rome is located in Italy. Italy is a peninsula in southern Europe. Rome is also the current capital of Italy. Rome itself is located right beside the Tiber River 
  • Etruscan influence of sports on the Romans
  • In the myth, Romulus and Remus a princess gave birth to her two sons. The princess's uncle hired someone to get rid of them, so they were sent out in a basket on the Tiber River and sent away. Eventually, a she-wolf found them and raised them. They grew up together. Romulus wanted to name the city Rome, and Remus wanted to name it Rema. Upon jealousy, they fought each other. Romulus killed Remus and won.
  • Greek influence of architecture on the Roman civilization
  • Rome engineering came from Greece. The Romans adapted the Cuniculus and the Arch. They used the cuniculus to irrigate the land. They used arches to build stadiums, bridges, and aqueducts that carried water.
  • Explain the Greek influence of writing, art, and religion on the Romans
  • One sport they did was slave fighting that was held at funerals. The dead person's slaves would fight until one died, when one won, they were congratulated and then executed. Another sport they did was at the circus Maximus was chariot racing. When racing people often got tramples on or fell off their chariot and died. They also did gladiator fights.
  • The Romans adapted many architectural features such as building temples and homes out of marble. They learned to use concrete to build larger structures. They used columns in their designs. They took the idea of Greece's Parthenon and built the pantheon. One of their largest creations was the colosseum where they competed in sports. In the circus Maximus they held chariot races
  • In art, they copied monuments and pottery. Their goal was to make creations more realistic. This was called Greco-Roman art. The Romans used a form of the Greek alphabet. They wrote in all capitals. They also carved in important documents. Religion was also influenced by greek. The Romans took greek gods and gave them Roman names. They focused more on correct rituals than stories about the gods.
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