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Unit 6: Ancient Rome
Daily Life in Ancient Rome
In ancient Rome, the purpose of schooling was to become a good speaker. School started so early in the morning that children had to bring candles with them! Rome is one of the few ancient civilizations for which we have such detail on the activities of school-aged children. This site provides an opportunity to learn about the daily life of children as well as adults. Some of the topics discussed are food, clothing, school, housing, and entertainment. This site is especially helpful for material discussed in Lesson 35: Daily Life in the Roman Empire and Lesson 37: The Legacy of Rome in the Modern World.

De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
Did Augustus really begin two hundred years of peace? How did Hadrian manage to maintain one of the largest empires in the ancient world? Here you will find a wealth of information on the emperors and battles of the Roman Empire. There are six key sections containing descriptive articles, family trees, and corresponding maps for 1500 years of history. The maps nicely complement topics covered in Lesson 32: Geography and the Early Development of Rome, and the articles are an excellent extension for Lesson 34: From Republic to Empire.

The Etruscans
See what life was like in the earliest times on the Italian Peninsula. Take a tour of three archaeological sites from an Etruscan merchant to learn about the numerous achievements of these people. Complete your visit with an exploration of a museum display of a typical Etruscan city. Clear and easy to use, this site has an incredible amount of detail about the Etruscans and their contributions to Roman civilization. This site is useful for Lesson 32: Geography and the Early Development of Rome.

Forum Romanum
Designed as a collaborative project of scholars, teachers, and students, the Forum Romanum has an extensive selection of primary and secondary source material. This site is designed for university-level research, but the Latin Literature index ("Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum") makes this a worthwhile visit for its wide-ranging compilation of literary sources. This site is well organized and informative on many topics such as art, architecture, daily life, history, mythology, literature, and language. Great for all lessons, the unique and vast collection of language and literature sources makes this an ideal connection for Lesson 37: The Legacy of Rome in the Modern World.

From Jesus to Christ

What do historians really know about the life of Jesus? From his experiences began a major world religion that is the subject of this site. Designed by PBS as a complement to their Frontline series on Christianity, this site is best used by teachers. There are five main sections to the site, and each is informative and detailed. Also included is vast collection of primary sources and maps. Teacher tools, such as the "Biblical Quiz" and a discussion board, make this a useful source for Lesson 36: The Origins and Spread of Christianity.

The Roman Empire in the First Century

Designed by PBS as a complement to their documentary series on ancient Rome, this site allows you to play the "Emperor of Rome" game or send a Roman e-postcard. This site is an excellent start to any research exploration, including that of notable Romans. Worth visiting is the section "Ancient Voices," where you can read primary perspectives from a variety of Romans. Learn from poets, historians, philosophers, religious leaders, soldiers, enemies, and rebels. This site is good for virtually every lesson, but especially for Lesson 33: The Rise of the Roman Republic, Lesson 34: From Republic to Empire, and Lesson 36: The Origins and Spread of Christianity.

Roman Open Air Museum
Open Air Museum Hechingen-Stein

Wouldn't it be nice to travel in time back to the days of the Roman Empire? This site allows you to do just that. Here, you can explore a museum of a 1st-century C.E. Roman villa in southwestern Germany. In addition to the detailed exhibits are many visuals - actual pictures of the villa, virtual recreations, close-ups, and panoramic views. One can almost feel the presence of the ancient Romans who used to live in this settlement! This interesting and intimate view of daily life in the Roman Empire is an excellent enhancement for Lesson 35: Daily Life in the Roman Empire.

Rome: Republic to Empire
Did you know that one way to tell the difference between upper classes and lower classes in early Rome was the number of names? Wealthier Romans typically had three names, while poorer Romans usually had two. This site focuses on many topics in Roman history and culture, such as slavery, names, Republican government, the army, clothing, houses, theater, baths, chariot racing, and gladiators. Each topic has an informative article complemented with pictures of artifacts, charts, and maps. Valuable for all lessons, this site is especially useful for Lesson 33: The Rise of the Roman Republic.

The Romans

From the legendary founding to the lasting legacies, this site is a valuable summary of major topics in the study of ancient Rome. Some highlights are the Roman army, roads, leisure, technology, and religion. Each section has a set of informative pages with colorful pictures and fun activities. Also included are ready-to-use activities for teachers, a glossary of terms, and a timeline of Roman history. Created for elementary school students, this site provides an engaging introduction or a useful review for Lesson 34: From Republic to Empire, Lesson 35: Daily Life in the Roman Empire, and Lesson 37: The Legacy of Rome in the Modern World.

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