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  • Geography of Rome 
  • The myth of Romulus and Remus 
  • Etruscan influence of engineering
  • The Roman civilization flourished from about 700 B.C.E.  to about 476 C.E.  It began in the ancient city of Rome. Rome is located in Italy.  
  • Etruscan influence of sports 
  • A princess gives 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 one day take over his throne, so he ordered his men to drown them in the Tiber River. However a wolf rescued them before they drowned. When the twins grew up they decided to construct a town on the banks where the wolf saved them. As over who would rule this town Romulus killed his brother. He became the king of the city which he now calls Rome.
  • Greek influence of architecture
  • The Romans became excellent builders because they learned many techniques about engineering, or the science of building, from the Etruscan's. Two important Etruscan structures the Romans adapted were the arch and the cuniculus. 
  • Greek influence of writing, art, and religion
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  • Romans also adapted two bloody Etruscan sporting events. The first was slave fighting. The Etruscan custom was to stage slave fighting during funerals. Two slaves of the death with swords and small shields. After being congratulated the winner was executed. 
  • The Romans borrowed and adapted ideas from the Greeks, as well as the Etruscan's. 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.
  • Greek writing on Roman culture was indirect. Greek writing they admired Greek pottery, painting and sculpture. Greeks religion is religious rituals in founding of their cities. 
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