After about 800 B.C., other groups joined the Romans in Italy. Two of the groups, were the Greeks and the Etruscans, who played a major role in shaping the Roman civilization. Many Greeks came to southern part of Italy and Sicily between 750 B.C. and 550 B.C., during the time when Greece was busily building overseas colonies. From the Greeks, the Romans learned to grow olives and grapes. They also adopted the Greek alphabet, and would eventually model their sculpture, architecture, and literature after the Greeks. Rome's growth was influenced by the Etruscans that lived north of Rome in Etruria; but moved, in 650 B.C., south and took control of Rome and most of Latium. The Etruscans changed Rome from a village of straw-roofed huts, that looked poor or whatnot, into a city of wood and brick buildings, that looks well put together. They laid out temples, streets, and public buildings around a central square. The Etruscans also taught Romans a new style of dress, featuring short cloaks and togas—loose garments draped over one shoulder. Most importantly, the Etruscan army would serve as a model for the mighty army the Romans eventually assembled.