The Precious Metal Mines Of Sicily

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Originally founded as a trading post for the Etruscans, Rome was located along the Tiber River. Much of the early civilization’s success can be credited to the agricultural resources of the Italian Peninsula. Wheat and barley were harvested not only for consumption, but also for barter and payment for governmental taxes. The precious metal mines of Sicily also provided resources for additional growth and development. Other resources of the area include olive trees and grapevines, which were introduced and cultivated by Greeks living within the empires boundaries (Acrobatiq, 2014, p. 46). In contrast, ancient Greece’s terrain proved to be difficult. The area was covered in rugged mountains and valleys filled with rocky soils. This was less-than desired for the production of prominent crops like wheat, but an ideal location for the growing of grapes and olives. The Greek civilizations instead focused on nautical trade, gaining authority of the most competitive waterway and natural resource of the time, the Mediterranean Sea (Acrobatiq, 2014, p. 40). Part B: Cultural Characteristics Grecian culture was greatly integrated into Roman life. Combined with ancient Italic religion and Etruscan ceremonies, as well as Greek and non-Greek gods and goddesses, the Roman cultural was largely polytheistic for many years (Acrobatiq, 2014, p. 51). Many deities existed, touching on virtually every aspect of daily Roman life. Some of these gods and goddesses included Vesta and Janus, who
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