Ancient Rome is located on the Tiber River, on the Italian peninsula. It was located between two different empires, the Etruscan and the Greek. Because of it's location, It became the great city it is today.
Influence of Etruscan Sports
Long ago, there were these twin sons, Romulus and Remus, that were banished from the kingdom they were born in, from the fear of the king that the boys would overthrow him. They were ordered to be sent to drown in the Tiber River, the twins survived though because a wolf saved them before they drowned. When the boys they grew up, they decided to make a town on the banks of the Tiber River where they were saved by the wolf, but the two fought over what to name this town, resulting in Romulus killing his brother and naming the town Rome.
Influence of Greek Architecture
One of the things that Rome adapted from the Etruscans was the arch. They used the arch in a lot of arches for a lot of different things, including the Colosseum.
Influence of Greek Religion, Art, and Writing
One of the sports that Rome adapted from the Etruscans was chariot racing. The drivers were strapped to their chariots and raced others. This held the risk of drivers falling off of their vehicle and getting trampled by other chariots and their horses.
One of the things that Romans borrowed from the Greeks is columns. They used the columns in their temples and in everyday places.
Another thing that the Romans adopted from the Greeks is their religion. The Romans took the Greek gods and goddesses and gave them Roman names. For example, they took Zeus, the god of the sky and ruler of all gods, and turned him into Jupiter.