Roman Helmet.jpgRome: 27BC - 479 AD... 500 Years of Emperors

Glossary... Roman Society

Task: Use Keynote or Apple PowerPoint to complete definitions for the terms below. These terms will consistently appear in texts.

  • Roman Senate
  • Senator
  • Equestrian Class
  • Patrician
  • Dictator
  • Praetor
  • Roman Slave
  • Praetorian Guard
  • Quaestor
  • Tribune
  • Consul
  • Proconsul
  • Forum
  • Roman Citizenship

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Task: Prepare a brief report (200-300 words) on slavery in ancient Rome. Key points to consider are:

  • The history of slavery during the period of the emperors
  • Where did slaves come from?
  • What functions did they perform in Roman society?
  • How were slaves acquired?
  • What types of slaves were there? ( Gladiators, house-slaves, farmers, builders, educated administrators, highly-skilled artisans... etc)
  • How did Roman society view the 'status' of slavery?
  • Could slaves be given their freedom? Did they become Roman citizens? Could a Roman citizen become a slave?
  • Were slave revolts common?

The ColosseumColosseum_2.jpg

Task: The Colosseum is one of the great surviving structures of the ancient Roman world. Your task is to tell its story. Points to consider are:

  • Who was the emperor who commissioned its construction?
  • When was it built?
  • Why was it built?
  • What were some of the key features of this amazing arena?
  • Describe a 'typical' day of games at the Colosseum.
  • Who could attend? Was there an entrance fee? Who sat where? What 'facilities' were available to the public? (Food, toilets, merchandise)
  • Gladiators of the Colosseum... Who were they? How were gladiators treated by their owners and the Roman public? What events did they engage in?
  • Criminals were often sentenced to 'death in the arena' How was this 'played out'?

Rome: 27BC - 479 AD... 500 Years of Wardiscovery_roman_army.jpg

The Roman Army

Task: The Roman army evolved to become the greatest fighting force in the known world. How did a small settlement expand into an empire? Your task is to prepare a well-researched presentation that tells the story of how the Roman army actually worked. Key points to consider:

  • How was the Roman army structured and organised?
  • Who fought in its legions?
  • What were the unique weapons and tactics used to defeat Rome's enemies?
  • What type of training did legionaries undergo?
  • Develop a mini glossary of relevant terms: Centurion : Decurion (e): Legion: Cohort: Contubernium: Century: Legate: Optio: Gladius: Hasta: Pilum: Ballista: Onager: Scutum: Galea: Testudo..  etc
  • What is a Roman standard? Why was the standard bearer important in a Roman legion?
  • Descibe the daily life of a Roman legionary... How were they paid? What did they eat? Where did they sleep? 
  • Who else formed part of the Roman army.. Eg: Administrators, engineers, carpenters... etc
  • Was there a Roman navy?
  • Rome's greatest victories and defeats? Rome's greatest generals? Rome against Rome?

Rome's Legacy

The Roman Empire created an amazing legacy. In its quest for world domination, Rome built roads, viaducts, aqueducts, introduced the concept of running water and deep sewerage and built mega structures that have survived to the present day.

Task: Prepare a brief presentation on the following Roman achievements.nottolini-aqueduct.jpg

  • The Roman Villa
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • The Pantheon
  • Trajan's Forum
  • Roman Roads
  • Circus Maximus
  • Arch of Constantine
  • The Aqueduct
  • The Viaduct
  • Roman Baths
  • The Gymnasium
  • Public Toilets
  • Running Water and Deep Sewerage
  • The Postal Service

Roman Culture

Task: The culture of ancient Rome evolved over many centuries. Rome aanb_statue.jpgbsorbed the religions, philosophies, arts, fashions, class structures, government practices, architectural styles, languages, mathematics, literature and monetary systems, for example, of many conquered nations.

Write a brief report on the aspects of culture listed below. 

  • Romulus and Remus
  • Roman Sculpture
  • Roman Art
  • Roman Literature
  • Roman Philosophy
  • Religions of Rome
  • Roman Class Structure
  • Roman Fashion
  • Roman Government
  • Roman Pastimes
  • Roman Family Life
  • Roman Homes
  • Roman Sports