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History This Week: The Roman Republic

Welcome to Ancient Rome! It is one of the favorite time periods around here. First up, did you catch our Brass Tacks video on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar?

Brass Tacks: Julius Caesar from SLO Classical Academy on Vimeo.

For History This Week we have some resources for you on the beginnings of the Republic,  daily life, and take a look at the Roman gods and goddesses. As always, we try to keep things family-friendly, but please preview or watch along with your kids, to be sure these options are appropriate for your people:


Roman Society and Political Structure – This is a 5-minute video about how the Republic was structured:


The Roman Republic – How Rome Gained Her Empire – Here’s one of those sketch noting videos giving a quick overview of the Republic:


The Roman Senate during the Republic:


The Roman Aqueducts – A short video about one of the greatest engineering feats of the ancient world:

How the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire – suitable for older students.


Life in Rome: Religion – A video about the religion of Ancient Rome:


Rome: Empire without Limit – This is a documentary from the BBC about the Empire of Rome, available to stream for free with Amazon Prime.



Roman Republic – World History Encyclopedia

The Roman Republic – Khan Academy

My Romans Word Mat – A pdf for younger kids

Odyssey Online: Rome – An educational website to explore ancient civilizations. This section is on Rome.

Ancient Rome Live – These are streaming videos that can be used as an interactive way to learn about Rome’s past.

Ancient Roman Interactive Map

Historical map of the city of Rome – This map is detailed and interesting to look at if you enlarge it.

Ancient Rome Picture and Map Gallery

Daily Life in Ancient Rome – From Mr. Donn

The Online Collection of Roman Artifacts – Examine Roman artifacts and discover what they were used for.

Romans: Family and Children – This is from the older BBC website for kids. Try the quiz or activities after exploring this site.

Romans: Technology – More from the website above.

Sample Plan of a Roman House

Roman Bath – A NOVA website that goes along with their program, Secrets of Lost Empires: Roman Bath.

Comparison: Greek and Roman Gods – A guide to the Roman gods and goddesses, along with their Greek counterparts.

Roman Religion Gallery – Click on the first image to begin the slideshow.

Romans: Religion – Here’s another section of the BBC website for kids. Try this quiz too!

Roman Myths – Read stories of Ancient Roman mythology.

A Gallery of Roman Mosaics – Click on “Launch Interactive” to see mosaics of Roman gods and goddesses

Hands On History: Make a Marvellous Mosaic – Printable instructions for making a craft mosaic in the Roman style.

How to build a model of a Roman road

Roman Numeral guide and converter

Roman Inscriptions – See examples of Ancient Roman writing. Click on “See works of art.”

Roman Republic Quiz Game

Ancient Roman Republic Q&A


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