Rome’s Civilizing Innovations

This is the modern-day Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

by Zeke Dillingham
January 28, 2019

Amazingly, Romans accomplished many incredible engineering feats for their time, like the 50,000 roads that linked to Ancient Rome. Underneath the ground, a system of aqueducts brought fresh water to the city, hydrating thousands of people by channeling water down from the colossal mountains. While the underground aqueducts are destroyed, the intently made aqueducts that were built above ground still stand today. The Romans had a majestic construction even more grand than the aqueducts – the Colosseum. It could hold up to 80,000 people and, surprisingly, took less than 10 years to build. Like vultures, citizens viciously viewed the victims of gladiator fights and public executions meet their untimely demise. The Circus Maximus was even taller than the Colosseum. This towering structure was where the famous chariot races were held. These creations lasted an immense amount of time because the Romans used long-lasting concrete to keep their buildings strong over the years. Rome’s innovative history is a key reason it was one of the greatest ancient civilizations.