Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

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  • Rome is located on the Italian Peninsula, near the Tiber River.  The Romans used the large bodies of water to transport goods.
  • According to myths, Rome was given its name when Romulus and Remus fought.  It ended when Remus died and Rome was given its name.
  • The Etruscans influenced Roman engineering by sharing the development of many of their engineering ideas. They introduced the arch and the cuniculus, an underground irrigation system.
  • The Romans adapted two bloody sports, slave fighting and chariot races.  Slaves fought to the death and the winner was executed.  Chariot Races often ended with people being trampled to death.
  • Greek architecture influenced the Romans with the use of concrete and columns.  Columns helped support bigger structures and concrete made them stronger.
  • The Roman idea of religion was greatly influenced by the Greeks.  The Romans had their own gods but that changed when they learned about how the Greeks worshipped many gods.  The Romans adapted the gods and gave them Roman names.
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