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Help students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of ancient Rome with these resources

Some say the city of Rome was founded on the Palatine Hill by Romulus, son of Mars, the god of war. Others say that Aeneas and some of his followers escaped the fall of Troy and established the town. Regardless of which of the many myths one prefers, no one can doubt the impact of ancient Rome on western civilization. A people known for their military, political, and social institutions, the ancient Romans conquered vast amounts of land in Europe and northern Africa, built roads and aqueducts, and spread Latin, their language, far and wide.

Use these classroom resources to teach middle schoolers about the empire of ancient Rome.

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The Limits of Citizenship in the Roman Empire

Students read fictional biographies from across the Roman social system and analyze how citizenship shaped Roman li...

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Word on the Via: Fortunata

Slavery was an accepted part of daily life in the Roman Empire. Almost all labor, whether in the city or on the far...


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Teaching Idea: Ancient Rome

Use this idea and suggested resources to help you build a lesson or activity on ancient Rome.


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Classical Coloring Pages

Download, print, and color statues and buildings from ancient Greece and Rome.


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Julius Caesar Assassinated

On March 15, 44 BCE, Julius Caesar, dictator of Rome, was stabbed to death by about 40 senators.

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Technology and Control in Ancient Rome

Students view and describe Roman technological innovations and analyze how technology helped the Romans control a g...



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The Power of Latin in Ancient Rome

Students investigate how the geographic spread of an impactful human system—language—influenced power i...

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Word on the Via: Gaius Valerius Silvanus

Wood was one of the most important natural resources in the Roman Empire, and Roman carpenters were some of the mos...


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civilization

Civilization describes a complex way of life characterized by urban areas, shared methods of communication, adminis...


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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar was a Roman general and politician who named himself dictator of the Roman Empire, a rule that lasted...


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Word on the Via: Tryphosa

Hair was a powerful marker of wealth and status for both men and women in the Roman Empire. Hairdressers were often...

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Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman lawyer, writer, and orator. He is famous for his orations on politics and society...



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Carthage

The city of Carthage played an important role in the ancient Mediterranean until it ultimately met its demise at th...

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Masada Falls to Rome

On April 16, 73, the fortress of Masada fell to troops from the Roman Empire, ending the Great Jewish Revolt. ...


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Test Your Ancient Roman Knowledge!

Use this Kahoot! to test your student's knowledge of the history of ancient Rome.


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Mythology and Culture in Ancient Rome

Students research different types of myths, read about three types of myths popular in ancient Rome, and analyze th...


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Republic to Empire: Government in Ancient Rome

Students compare and contrast two systems of government in ancient Rome. They write about how each system impacted ...

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archaeology

Archaeology is the study of the human past using material remains. These remains can be any objects that people cre...



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Imperial Rome

Imperial Rome describes the period of the Roman Empire (27 B.C. to A.D. 476) following Julius Caesar’s assass...

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How Rome Inspires Us Today

Use this infographic to explore how the society and government of ancient Rome has influenced our modern world....


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Roman Aqueducts

The Roman aqueducts supplied fresh, clean water for baths, fountains, and drinking water for ordinary citizens....


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The Roman Republic and the World it Built

The city-state of Rome represents one of the earliest and most successful experiments in representative democracy f...


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Word on the Via: Quintus Valerius Secundus

Rome built the largest and most powerful army the world had ever seen, but the life of a Roman soldier—thousa...

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Rome’s Transition from Republic to Empire

An overview of how Rome transitioned from a republic to an empire, including key figures in the process.