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Contributions of Rome Most structure built around the Roman Empire made by army. Some constructed using slave labor. Roman Technology • The Romans carried ideas such as the tamped earth method for building walls to their colonies. • They originated the concept of building dams in Europe. Roman Roads • Roads provided a way for the army to travel between cities. Later used for trade. • Roads needed to be durable and function in all weather conditions. Roman Architecture: The Arch • The Romans used the arch for everything from aqueducts to bridges to cathedrals. • The arch allowed architects to span huge distances & hold greater weight. Roman Amphitheatres • The amphitheatre was a center for entertainment. The amphitheatre was used for plays, music, and gladiatorial matches. Roman Baths • Idea of bath houses spread to other areas of Mediterranean from Rome. • Often built near natural springs, baths provided place to bath. Aqueduct and Water Wheel • The arch also allowed Romans to construct impressive structures like the aqueducts that could be seen throughout Europe. • Water wheels carried water up to the aqueducts which could carry water long distances.