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The Roman Empire in the First Century provides a detailed look at the emperors of the time as well as other important historical figures. In addition, students are able to learn about the daily life of ancient Romans. They will gain a better understanding of the significant achievements and contributions made by the Romans.

There are lesson plans, video clips (Requires free Real Player.) and interactive features such as the Emperor of Rome Game, Who Are You? Quiz, Virtual Library, and the Timeline. These all showcase some of the most intriguing and historically significant people, places, and events from first century Rome. As part of this, students study world history, social studies, geography, science, mathematics, communication arts, religion, sociology, behavioral studies, current events, mythology, economics, theater, and engineering design in grades 6-12.

Lesson 1: When in Rome....

The focus of this lesson is for students to get an understanding of the Roman lifestyle - what did they wear, eat, and do for fun? Where did they live, work, and relax? What were the common customs and traditions, religious beliefs, and culture like?

Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Emperors of Rome

In this lesson, students will discuss the merits of heredity rule and some of the problems of choosing a leader who is imposed upon a country.

Lesson 3: Religion in Politics and Daily Life

Students will examine various aspects of religion in ancient Rome including the role of mythology, polytheism versus monotheism, the treatment of Jews and Christians, and the spread of Christianity.

Lesson 4: Mapping an Empire

In this lesson, students will compare a map of the Roman Empire in 44 BC with one of the Roman Empire in 116 AD. Using these two maps as a reference, students will use critical reading skills to learn about the expansion of the Roman Empire during that time period.

Lesson 5: Who's Who in Roman History

Students will produce a classroom documentary about important historical figures from the Roman Empire showing when each of these people lived and their impact/contributions to the empire.

Lesson 6: The Violence of Ancient Rome

This lesson focuses on the extreme violence that permeated Roman society and how that violence may have attributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire.

Lesson 7: Technology and Medicine

Students will learn about Roman architecture, technology, and medicine by becoming teachers for a day in this lesson.

Lesson 8: Slaves, the Labor Force, and the Economy

In this lesson, students will examine the various social classes and learn about the critical role that slaves, freemen, and plebeians played in the day-to-day operations of the Roman Empire.


 
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National Standards

Lesson 1:
When in Rome...


Lesson 2:
Getting to Know the Emperors of Rome


Lesson 3:
Religion in Politics and Daily Life


Lesson 4:
Mapping an Empire


Lesson 5:
Who's Who in Roman History


Lesson 6:
The Violence of Ancient Rome


Lesson 7:
Technology and Medicine


Lesson 8:
Slaves, the Labor Force, and the Economy



The Roman Empire - In The First Century