Geography and Development of Ancient Rome

Geography and Development of Ancient Rome

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  • Geography and Location of Rome
  • Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Influence of Etruscan Engineering
  • Rome is located on a peninsula. The Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea, and the Tyrrhenian Sea are located around the peninsula.
  • Influence of Etruscan Sports
  • Romulus and Remus had an uncle, the king, who was afraid the boys would steal his throne when they grew of age. So he ordered his soldiers to drown them in the Tiber River, but before they drowned, a wolf saved them.
  • Influence of Greek Architecture
  • The Romans invented the archway. The archway was made of two pillars that held up a semicircle consisting of wedge shaped rocks. Lastly, a keystone was placed in the middle to hold the other stones in place.
  • Influence of Greek Art, Religion, and Writing
  • Gladiator fighting was a popular sport in Rome. The slaves would fight during the slave master's funeral, the slaves would fight to the death, and the winner would be executed.
  • The Romans commonly used Greek architecture for their buildings. The Romans were not only heavily inspired by Greek architecture, but also Etruscan architecture as well. The Romans made the Panthenon in Rome, based on the Parthenon in Greece.
  • The Romans also had art, religion, and writing that was very similar to the Greeks. An example would be the Romans' religion. The Romans gave Greek gods Roman names, Like in Rome, Zeus became Jupiter, and Aires became Mars.
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