Rome is located on the Italian Peninsula (a piece of land surrounded by water on three sides). The area is known for its mountains, the Apennines and the Alps. Rome also has a river north that provides as more of a natural barrier.
Influence of Etruscan Sports
The myth of Romulus and Remus was a tale of twins who were sent down a river by a jealous man who was mad that they were next to be king. They were seen by a wolf on the side of the river and raised by it, and then later in their life were raised by a village of people. Later they were found and brought back to their place of birth and ruled out to be king. They couldn't decide on the name Rome or Rem ( after themselves for building the place), so they fought to the death, Romulus victorious, hence the name Rome.
Influence of Greek Architecture
The Romans adopted the cuniculus from the Etruscans and used it to irrigate land. They also used them to drain swamps and to carry water to their cities. The Romans used arches from the Etruscans to build huge public words, including bridges, stadiums, and aqueducts to carry water over long distances.
Influence of Greek Art, Religion, and Writing
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Romans were inspired by many aspects of Etruscan sports, such as in Roman stadiums, thousands of slaves died fighting as gladiators because they were made to battle amongst themselves or battled wild animals. Romans also flocked to see charioteers risk their lives racing four-horse teams.
The Romans used Greek designs like columns in their own public buildings. In time, they learned to use concrete to make even larger structures, such as the Pantheon in Rome. The Colosseum was also built with Greek and Etruscan style.
The Romans used a modified Etruscan alphabet, which was an adaption of the Greek alphabet, and like the Greeks, the Romans wrote in all capital letters. Roman sculptors and painters used Greek art as a model, but their figures were more realistic. And wealthy Romans collected Greek art and built monuments using their style. Roman religion was influenced by the Greek religion, Romans using Greek gods as their own, but giving them Roman names.