Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

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  • Geography and location of Rome
  • Romulus and Remus
  • The Etruscan influence of Roman engineering
  • Roman civilization is located in central Italy, Near the Tiber river.  Their located near a peninsula, and there are also mountainous terrain.
  • Etruscan influence of Roman sports
  • Two infants named Romulus and Remus were ordered to be killed by their mother's uncle.  But they were saved by a she-wolf.  They were raised by this wolf. They eventually met their Grandfather, they then enacted a plan to take the throne back from their grandfather's brother.  They took the throne and created a new civilization, they fought over what the name of this civilization would be. One of them wound up dead and the other one became the king, and the name became Rome
  • Greek influence of architecture on the Roman civilization
  • The Etruscan's showed the Romans how to engineer an archway, or just an arch, that's what this scene is depicting, an archway or arch.  The Etruscan's also introduced the idea of the cuniculus, and showed them how to create it.
  • Greek influence of writing, art, and religion on the Romans
  • The most famous sport in Rome that is still known culturally is Gladiator fighting.  This derives from Etruscan slave fighting, where two slaves of a dead slave owner fight until one dies, then the one that wins gets killed.  In Gladiator fighting they can fight to get their freedom, because if they win enough matches they can earn their freedom.  Another sport is chariot racing.
  • The Romans were neighbors of one of the Greek settlements.  They learned about the structures that they used.  They use Greek columns for most of their public buildings.  They also adopted the temples that the Greeks built for their gods and goddesses.
  • The Romans adapted the religion of the Greeks.  Like how for the God of the heavens in the Greek culture is named Zeus.  But in the Roman culture the God of the heavens is named Jupiter.  The goddess of love and beauty is named Aphrodite in the Greek culture.  But in the Romans culture she's named Venus.  The Etruscan's adopted the Greek alphabet and changed it.  Then the Romans borrowed and altered the Etruscan alphabet.  Both the Greeks and the Etruscan's had admired Greek pottery, sculpting, and painting.  Historians called the Greek influence on Roman painting Greco-Roman art.
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