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  • The location and geography of Rome
  • The myth of Romulus and Remus
  • Etruscan influence of engineering on the Romans
  • 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
  • Etruscan influence of sports on the Romans
  •  Long ago a princess gave birth to twin sons, Romulus and Remus.The princess's uncle was afraid the boys would grow up to take his throne, so he ordered his men to drown them. However, before the twins drowned, a wolf rescued 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. 
  • Greek influence of architecture on the Roman civilization
  • The Romans became excellent builders because they learned many techniques about engineering, or the science of building, from the Etruscans. Two important Etruscan structures the Romans adapted were the arch and the cuniculus.
  • Greek influence of writing, art, and religion on the Romans
  • Romans also adapted two bloody Etruscan sporting events.The first was slave fighting. Etruscan spectators also enjoyed watching chariot races. These Etruscan sports gained popularity in Rome. In Roman stadiums, thousands of slaves died fighting as gladiators.
  • Greek architecture was one important influence on the Romans. The Greeks constructed marble temples as homes for their gods. Romans used Greek designs in their own public buildings. Eventually, they learned to use concrete to create even larger structures, such as the Pantheon in Rome.
  • The Romans then borrowed and altered the Etruscan alphabet. Both the Etruscans and the Romans admired Greek pottery, painting, and sculpture.The Greeks worshipped a number of gods and goddesses  who governed every part of Greek life.
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