How Did Geography Help Rome Rise to Power? Education
By Nick Robinson, ancient Roman roads gave credence to the sentiment that "all roads lead to Rome.". Related Articles, the ancient city of Rome dominated most of Europe, Africa and the Middle East for centuries. Before deciding to pursue an advanced degree, he worked as a teacher and administrator at three different colleges and universities, and as an education coach for Inside Track. Most of Robinson's writing centers on education and travel. Rome's naturally defenses made the city almost immune to attack, a feature that allowed the city to grow and ultimately dominate its neighbors. Rich Farmland, aside from its strategic military placement, Rome was also ideally positioned for agriculture. (more). As the city grew on the seven hilltops, agriculture grew at the base of the hills. Soil on the Italian Peninsula is rich as a result of heavy deposits of volcanic ash, according to Hofstra University. The soil and the mild climate helped the Romans grow surplus olives and grain. Reliable food production allowed the population to grow, and the trade in olives and olive oil helped the Roman economy expand. Due to this quirk of geography, the Romans concentrated on building up their land-based forces. All Roads Lead to Rome. Rome's geography forced the Romans to rely on overland transportation much more than other empires.