Roman Roads: Building, Linking, and Defending the Empire Overview The Roman Empire was, until the peak of the British Empire, the mightiest empire the world had ever known. Read more For many centuries, nations were protected extensively by armies of infantry.
As the nation increases in size, the movement of these troops became increasingly important.
It was developed as an improvement over the Circus Maximus for gladiatorial combats, wild beast fights ( Roman theater began as a translation of Greek forms, in combination with native song and dance, farce and improvisation.
In Roman (or Italian) hands, the materials of Greek masters were converted to stock characters, plots, and situations that we can recognize today in Shakespeare and even modern sitcoms.
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This was far more complicated than I had initially anticipated.Roman Britain was not as well documented as Italy or Spain, so there is a huge lack of written sources. Same reason as above – we’ve found Roman archeological remains there, but we don’t know what the Latin name was. That’s why the names that we do have are actually Anglo-Saxon, and originated a few centuries after the Romans had left. They were charged with performing the religious rituals with exactness and scrupulous care so as to maintain the gods' good will and support for Rome.When a Roman person died, he would be washed and laid out on a couch, dressed in his finest clothes and crowned, if he had earned one in life.Apologies for the dry write-up as usual, I don’t have enough time to write a compelling story right now. It’s true, “Watling Street” and “Ermin Way” are not exactly Latin-sounding.Unfortunately the historical Latin names have been completely lost to history.The early Romans adopted culture from their neighbors, the Greeks, and Etruscans, in particular, but imprinted their unique stamp on their borrowings.The Roman Empire then spread this culture far and wide, affecting diverse areas of the modern world.The main sewer of Rome was the Cloaca Maxima, which emptied into the Tiber River.Ancient Roman priests were administrative officials rather than mediators between men and gods.