Multicultural Empires: A Case Study

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Task 2- Multicultural Empires

Part A.
A1 (Rome). There are many geographical factors that impacted the development of Rome but the one geographical factor that had a significant impact on the development of Rome was the Tiber River. Just like the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China, the Roman Republic, and later empire, developed and flourished alongside a river. The Tiber river allowed the people of Rome to grow crops of wheat and barley that they not only used for food but also for trade, and to pay government taxes. The Tiber River also served as a trading post. The people of Rome traded with the Etruscans who lived to the north of them (Acrobatiq, 2014). The Tiber River also provided a sense of security by allowing the city of Rome to be built deep enough
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The Roman Republic and Empire had many cultural characteristics. What was unique about Rome was that is was a mixtures of peoples and cultures. Rome adopted most of their culture from the Etruscans. The gladiator games were the most interesting of these cultural characteristics. The gladiator games originated with the Etruscans. They featured events such as chariot races and gladiator battles used as sacrifices to the gods. The Romans adopted these events as a type of entertainment. According to UShistory.org, the games were held between 10 and 12 times a year(2014). The emperors of Rome would use these games as a way to distract the poor from their day to day lives and difficult circumstances. The emperor did not want to lowly class to revolt against him(UShistory.org, 2014). As time passed, the games became more elaborate and outlandish. The emperor would build great amphitheatres and stadiums such as the Coliseum to host these events. The gladiators were usually slaves, prisoners of war, and criminals but there were also many volunteers. The games were not always man vs. man. Animals such as rhinos, tigers, and bears were also used as opponents for the

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