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1 Comparing the Infrastructures of Ancient Rome and Present-Day America
By Sofia Diaco, Ryan Jamison, and Jurien Garrison

2 What Is an Infrastructure?
An infrastructure is the basic setup of a city. What Is an Infrastructure?

3 As you can see, both Senate houses have similar setups.
Government Roman Republic: Included 2 consuls, a Senate, and a tribal assembly. Consuls elected by the Senate, and they serve as a check to power. Serve 1 term, command army, supervise government. The Senate represents the wealthy upper class. Senate included 300 members, and they serve for life. The Tribal Assembly represents the poor lower class. United States: Includes 1 president, a Senate, and a House of Representatives. President elected by the people. Serves 1 four-year term, and can choose to serve another term if they get re-elected. Includes 3 branches. Executive, Judicial, Legislative. Serve as a check to power. Members of the Senate serve 6-year terms. Members of the House of Representatives serve 2-year terms. As you can see, both Senate houses have similar setups.

4 Roads Rome: Romans built roads to enable transportation around the empire. "The Greeks are famous for their cities and in this they aimed at beauty. The Romans excelled in those things which the Greeks took little interest in such as the building of roads, aqueducts and sewers." -Strabo, a Greek geographer. United States: The US has roads going pretty much everywhere, enabling transportation all around the country. The United States, as you can clearly see, has many more roads than Ancient Rome.

5 Maintaining the Roads The problem with building roads is the cost to upkeep them. In Ancient Rome, the initial cost of the road was paid for by the government, and then the cost to maintain them was paid for by the local government. In the US, the government pays for the roads with money from taxes.

6 Aqueducts Rome: The Romans built aqueducts, usually underground, so they could channel water into their city. United States: The US has aqueducts as well, and they are used for the same purposes. On the left is a picture of an aqueduct in Rome, and on the right is a picture of an aqueduct in the United States

7 Sanitation Systems Ancient Rome United States
Pipes made on a potter’s wheel were used to bring fresh water into the city, and waste out of it. Groundwater or surface water is used for drinking, and sewers and septic tanks are used for storing waste. Sewers back in Ancient Rome were similar to those of the United States. Now, they are just more advanced.

8 Arches Ancient Rome United States Used bricks that were fired in a kiln. Marvelous buildings that still stand today were constructed. Example: Coliseum Uses bricks and various other types of materials. Example: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Arches are a construction design that are useful. The weight of the structure can be held without creating a giant wall, and less materials are needed to build it.

9 Conclusion Without Ancient Roman advances, the United States would not be where it is today. We would have no way to get around the country, no way to get water, no way to remove waste, and our architecture would not be as beautiful as it is today. The United States is following Rome’s footsteps, and we need to make sure it does not lead to the fall of our country.

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