The Geography and early development of Rome

The Geography and early development of Rome
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By Thomas Haren

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  • Location and geography of Rome
  • 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
  • Fight!
  • When Romulus and Remus grew up, they decided to construct a town on the banks of the Tiber River where the wolf had found and saved 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
  • Build it like that and I promise it will look good.
  • 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
  • We need to let these gods into our lives and they rule us.
  • Romans also adapted two bloody Etruscan sporting events. The first was slave fighting. The Etruscan custom was to stage slave fights during funerals. Two slaves of the dead master fought to 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 Etruscans. 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.
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  • Both the Etruscans and the Romans admired Greek pottery, painting, and sculpture. The Romans acquired some Greek ideas from Etruscan art and borrowed others directly from the Greeks. The religion of the Romans was a blend of many influences. For example, they followed Etruscan religious rituals in founding their cities. However, it was Greek religion that especially influenced Roman ideas about the gods.
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