HISA04H3 Lecture 3: HISA04 - Lecture 3.docx

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Mare nostrum the mediterranean and the roman empire. European culture heavily influenced by roman culture. Framework developed a layered approach to history: 1. Very long-term, geological time; longue dur e looked at the geography, climate, agricultural systems, food , diet, culture around the sea/ocean: 2. Roman empire and cultural influences, ex. spreading of christianity and islam: 3. Originally it was small city states ruled by a single king. Started as an impoverished city state, turned into an imperial state. Aeneas from city of troy, he came from italy and was said to have founded. Rome: romulus and remus brothers, raised by she-wolf, founders of rome, 753 bce. Etruscans: 8-5th century bce, italy was dominated by etruscans, many were merchants, drew large volumes of trade to the city. Advantage of rome rome had easy access to the sea through the tiber river, and had protection from invasion. Rome plains were drained and sewage system developed.

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