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  • The location and geography of Rome
  • The myth of Romulus and Remus
  • The Etruscan influence of engineering on the Romans
  • All these arches man
  • Rome is located in Italy, which includes the pininsula 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
  • The princess gave birth to their two sons, Romulus and Remus.  They were sent down a river and raised by wolves.  The two men built a city but were in a fight over who would name it.  Romulus won and killed Remus and named the city Rome.
  • The Greek influence of architecture on the Roman civilization
  •  Etruscan arches rested on two pillars, which supported a half-circle of wedge-shaped stones. A keystone in the center held the other stones of the arch tightly in place. A cuniculus was a long underground trench connected by vertical shafts to the ground above. Etruscans used these trenches to irrigate land, to drain swamps, and to distribute water to their cities.
  • The Greek influence of writing, art, and religion on the Romans
  • Two slaves of the dead master fought to the death with swords and small shields. After being congratulated, the winner was executed. 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.
  • 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. 
  • Sometimes, 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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