The Geography and Early Development of Rome

The Geography and Early Development of Rome

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  • Location and Geography of Rome
  • Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Etruscan Influence of Engineering on the Romans
  • Rome is an Italian vast empire that includes a peninsula and islands in South Europe. The peninsula located in Italy is shaped like “a boot kicking a soccer ball” and it stretches into the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Influence of Etruscan Sports
  • A princess gives birth to twins who she then names Romulus and Remus. The father of the twins was Mars, the Roman god of war. The twins’ uncle ordered death upon his baby nephews in the Tiber River because of his jealousy. However, before the babies drowned, a very courageous she-wolf saved the twins and raised them as her very own baby wolves. A little while later, the twins had built the city of Rome near the Tiber River because that’s where the brave she-wolf had helped them in the previous years.
  • Influence of Greek Architecture
  • The Etruscans greatly impacted the Roman's progress in the field of engineering. The arch and the cuniculus are the two crucial compositions that the Romans had borrowed from the Etruscans. The arches lied on two columns, and those two columns clutched a semicircle of wedge-shaped stones. The cuniculus was a long, underground irrigation system that was used to drain swamps, dispense water to their several cities, and irrigate land.
  • Influence of Greek Art, Religion, & Writing
  • The Romans had taken on a brutal sport from the Etruscans. This sport was known as chariot racing. Chariot racing was dangerous to both drivers and horses as they often suffered serious injury and even death.These dangers added to the excitement and interest for spectators. In the Roman form of chariot racing, teams represented different groups of financial backers and sometimes competed for the services of particularly skilled drivers.
  • The Romans were also inspired by Greeks public building and temples, these were known as Greek's architecture. The Colosseum is an enlarged constructive achievement that was impacted by the original blueprint of Greek theaters. The construction and arrangement of well-known Greek temples formed the manufacturing for Roman temples. An example would be the Pantheon. The Pantheon had majestic pillars that caused the temple to be even more stunning.
  • Greek art was modified by the Romans. The Romans were eventually able to create amazingly realistic portraits. Religion was copied off of the Greeks, in Rome. For example, Zeus's name was Jupiter to the Romans. Lastly, the Romans converted both the Etruscan and Greek alphabets. Writing was even motivated by Greek fables and poems.
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