The Geography and Early Developement of the Roman Empire

The Geography and Early Developement of the Roman Empire
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This Story board goes over the history and early development of the great Roman Empire. It goes over the biggest influences and how they can be seen in the Roman Empire. Read this story board for information over Greek and Etruscan influences! There are different areas and categories that make the Roman empire what it was back then. This is for my Social Studies class too.

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  • The Location and Geography of Rome
  • The Myth of Romulus and Remus
  • The Etruscan Influence of Engineering on the Roman
  • The city of Rome is located in Italy on the Italian Peninsula. It is said that it was built on a hill that over looks the Tiber River. It is also located about 10 to 15 miles away from the Tyrrhenian Sea. It had two neighboring civilizations that were the Greeks and the Etruscans. These two civilizations had an important influence on the Roman Empire.
  • The Etruscan Influence of Sports on the Romans
  • 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 
  • The Etruscans had a big influence on Roman Engineering. The biggest influences were the arches and cuniculus'. The arches rested on two pillars and had supported multiple wedge-shaped bricks that came together with a center piece to make a half circle. The arches were way more stable than other building ideas and have been up still standing for centuries. The cuniculus was a trench that was used to irrigate crops, drain water and to distribute water to the roman people.
  • The Greek Influence of Writing, Art, and Religion on the Romans
  • The Etruscans had given a bloody influence on sports to the Romans. Slave fights and Chariot races were two influences from the Etruscans. Slave fights would happen when the slaves' owner would die. Chariot races have a charioteer that was strapped down to a chariot and would race other competitors. Both of these event could end up in injury or death.
  • The Greek people also had an influence on the Roman Architecture. The Roman people built temples to worship the Gods like the Greeks did. The Romans also used concrete for buildings and created the Colosseum out of it. And finally, the Roman people used columns like the Greeks in their buildings.
  • The Greeks also had an influence in the categories of writing, art and religion. For writing, the Roman people used all capital letters in their writing like the Greeks did. They also carved inscriptions into walls and columns. For art, the Roman people used Greek art to try and replicate it. They did this with their pottery, paintings and sculptures. Lastly for Religion, the Roman people adapted some Greek gods and godesses and gave them with Roman names. They also performed rituals for the gods.
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