How Geography Impacted Ancient Rome

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How Geography Impacted Ancient Rome “Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continental expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today” -Arthur Erickson. The Roman empire was powerful and well protected by natural barriers like the alps. Through the history of the Roman Empire rivers like the Po and Tiber and mountain ranges like the Alps have played an important role in the development of Roman culture. The Po River or more natively known as the Padiana is a drain basin from the alps and Apennines (Penn 206-9). It then flows through Piedmont then through Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto. “Napoleon said “the most fertile plain in the world” (Penn 206-9). Below the line of springs called fontanili provide irrigation for the meadows and help keep the flow of water streams. It ends in a marshy plain which is heavily diked (Penn 206-9). And it then it goes into a delta south of Venice that was built up by a counter-clockwise drift of the adriatic currents. The Tiber River or the chief river of Italy is also known as the Tibris, Tybris, Amnis Tiberinus, and Thyber. The source of the Tiber is the Etruscan Apennines, in central Italy. it is 251 miles long or 404 kilometers. Tributaries of the river are in Paglia, Nera, and Aniene. And the outlet of the river is in the Tyrrhenian Sea. “Behind the Po and the Arno, the Tiber River is the third-longest river in Italy” (Penn 285). As the legend goes the river used to be called the

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