Updated: 1/13/2021

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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.he Italian peninsula is shaped a lot like a boot and reaches into the Mediterranean Sea with its toe pointed toward the island of Sicily.
  • he Etruscan influence of sports on the Romans
  • VLong ago, the story explains, a princess gave birth to twin sons, Romulus and Remus. The boys' father was Mars, the Roman god of war. The princess's uncle—the king—was afraid the boys would grow up to take his throne, so he ordered his men to drown them in the Tiber (TIE-bur) River. However, before the twins drowned, a wolf rescued them.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
  • two important Etruscan structures the Romans adapted were the arch and the cuniculus. Etruscan arches rested on two pillars, which supported a half-circle of wedge-shaped stones. A cuniculus was a long underground trench connected by vertical shafts to the ground above.
  • the Greek influence of writing, art, and religion on the Romans
  • The first was slave fighting. The Etruscan custom was to stage slave fights during funerals. Two slaves of the dead master fought to the death with swords and small shields. After being congratulated, the winner was executed.
  • Greek religion that especially influenced Roman ideas about the gods.
  • , the Greek influence on Roman culture was indirect. For example, the Greek alphabet was adopted and then changed by the Etruscans. The Romans then borrowed and altered the Etruscan alphabet.
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