Chapter 8

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  • The location and geography of Rome
  • The myth of Romulus and Remus
  • The Etruscan influence of engineering on the Romans
  • Rome is located in Italy, which includes a peninsula and islands in southern Europe. The Italian peninsula is shaped a lot like a boot and reaches into the Mediterranean Sea with its toe pointed toward the island of Sicily.
  • The Etruscan influence of sports on the Romans
  • When Romulus and Remus grew up, they decided to construct a town on the banks of the Tiber River where the wolf had found and saved them. However, in a quarrel over who would rule the new settlement, Romulus killed his brother. He became king of the city, which he named Rome.
  • The Greek influence of architecture on the Roman civilization 
  • The Romans adapted both of these structures and, in time, became even better engineers than the Etruscans. They used arches to build huge public works, including bridges, stadiums, and aqueducts to carry water over long distances.
  • The Greek influence of writing, art, and religion on the Romans
  • Etruscan spectators also enjoyed watching chariot races. The charioteers, or drivers, were strapped to their chariots. If a chariot overturned, they could be dragged under the chariot's wheels or trampled by the horses. These fierce competitions often resulted in injury or death.
  • The Romans borrowed and adapted ideas from the Greeks, as well as the Etruscans. Greek architecture was one important influence on the Romans. The Greeks constructed marble temples as homes for their gods. Temples like the Parthenon had stately columns that added to their beauty.The Romans also used concrete to build huge stadiums like the Colosseum, where gladiators fought. The Circus Maximus, where people watched chariot races, could seat more than 200,000 spectators.
  • The Greek and Roman alphabets had many similarities. Like the Greeks, the Romans wrote in all capital letters.Greek pottery was valued throughout the Mediterranean world for its usefulness and beauty.The early Romans had their own gods and rituals, but their ideas about the gods evolved as they interacted with other cultures. When the Romans encountered a similar god from another culture, they blended that god's characteristics with those of their own. 
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