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The Development of Ancient Rome
Updated: 11/26/2019
The Development of Ancient Rome
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  • Finally! We made it to the Italian Peninsula!
  • WOW!
  • I can't do it!
  • And these columns are from Greek architecture!
  • oooooh! awwww!
  • Rome is located in Italy, which includes a peninsula 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 myth says that two boys, Romulus and Remus, were born, but the king of the land, Mars, didn't want them to overtake the throne. He sent his soldiers off to kill them, but the soldier didn't have the guts to do it, so he let them go. After a long time, the two boys came back and killed their father. Romulus would later go on to create Rome, without Remus.
  • This Greek structure is made out of concrete
  • Wow!
  • The Romans took lots of Etruscan architecture, like arches, which supported a half-circle of wedge-shaped stones. Also, they took the idea of cuniculus, which 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.
  • Pray to Zeus!
  • An Etruscan custom was to stage slave fights during funerals. Two slaves of the dead master fought to the death with swords and small shields. Another game were chariot races, which had charioteers, or drivers, strapped to their chariots. If a chariot overturned, they could be dragged under the chariot's wheels or trampled by the horses.
  • The Romans learned to use concrete to create even larger structures, such as the Pantheon in Rome from the Greeks. Also, the Romans used concrete to build huge stadiums like the Colosseum, where gladiators fought. The Circus Maximus, where people watched chariot races, could seat more than 200,000 spectators.
  • The Romans took lots of Greek ideas from pottery, including the use of letters and gods in pottery. As for writing, the Romans adopted the Greek alphabet, and changed a few letters. Roman religion was originated from the Greek gods, which the Romans changed names of the gods.
  • Up on Mount Olympus...
  • May the gods be with you
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