The epoch of Roman rule remains to this day one unsurpassed in history. From a simple farming community in Latium to one of the largest, most sophisticated and durable empires the world had yet seen, it built a monumental legacy which still endures in Western civilization today. One of the most significant characteristics that helped the Romans build their empire was their willingness to adapt other people’s ideas for their own purposes. Though they forged a uniquely Roman legacy, their art, architecture, technology, urban planning, military tactics, government and religion all owe a great deal of debt to other people’s influences. Rome’s epic history of adaptation, incorporation and organization really started with their neighbours, the Etruscans. They have been described to be the very building blocks Rome for the important role it played in its transition to civilization. The Etruscans origins are obscure, but archaeological evidence shows they were a resourceful and advanced sea-faring civilization who had been dominating the Italian peninsula by virtue of its superior weaponry and organization since as early as 1000 BC. Like the Romans, they too had an independent and agricultural background, which spawned a culture not shy of hardship, conservatism, perserverence or adaptation – characteristics which would later mark the Romans out for similar such greatness. tribal, As Rome steadily developed its city, its governemnet, and culture they imitated many of the elements of the Etruscan civilization. Its success casued the Etruscans to take control of Rome in 650 BC, installing its own line of Kings who began to form Rome into an architectural city, with streets, public buildings, markets, shops, temples, and domestic houses.
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