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Frequently Asked Questions

What landscape was Rome built on?

Rome was built on a defensible hill that dominated the last downstream, high-banked river crossing where traverse of the Tiber was facilitated by a midstream island. This hill, Palatine Hill, was one of a group of hills, traditionally counted as seven, around which the ancient city grew.

How did the Romans view nature?

The ancient Greeks took an essentially scientific view of their environment, and some Grecian writers saw that their land was deteriorating under human stewardship. ... The Romans, in contrast, took a strictly utilitarian view of their environment: The land was there to be exploited by Homo Sapiens .

What was the geography of Rome?

Rome began as a small village near the Tiber River in Italy on a peninsula close to the Mediterranean Sea. The city was also far enough inland to provide some protection from the sea. The Tiber River was a source of freshwater and rich soil needed to support the development of people, animals, and crops of Rome.

What sea contributed to the development of the Roman Empire?

The Tiber River and the Mediterranean Sea provided Rome with the opportunity to trade and conquer. At its height, the Roman Empire was one of largest and wealthiest empires in the world.

Where did most of the glacial landforms come from?

Glacially-plucked granitic bedrock near Mariehamn, Åland Islands. Glacial landforms are landforms created by the action of glaciers. Most of today's glacial landforms were created by the movement of large ice sheets during the Quaternary glaciations.

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