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History This Week: Gladiators & The Colosseum

Happy Monday! Today we have some resources for our study of Roman gladiators and the Colosseum this week. All links are for educational use, but please preview to see if it is appropriate for your family.


Italy: Gladiators – Travel Kids in EUROPE – Here’s a cute travel video for kids, about kids visiting the Colosseum:

The Colosseum, Rome – An animated educational video about the Colosseum:

All About the Colosseum for Kids – by Freeschool:

What Gladiator School Was Like – From the Smithsonian Channel:

History Channel: Gladiators Battle to the Death

Spartacus the Legionary – Episode 1 of 13, a cartoon outlining the life of a Roman legionnaire called Spartacus and his sentence to gladiatorial slavery.

A Roman Gladiator’s Helmet – This is a clip from a BBC documentary called Meet the Romans:

Life in Rome: Gladiators – Examine a Roman sculpture showing gladiators and their weapons, a short video from the Royal Ontario Museum:

Roman Circus Maximus – From Ancient Rome Live:

Ancient History: Rome If You Want To, Circus Maximus – Here’s another short overview of the Circus Maximus from Drive Through History:

Ben-Hur Movie Clip: The Chariot Race:

The Story Behind the Colosseum’s Greatest Battle – From the Smithsonian Channel:


From the World History website: Gladiators, Female Gladiators and the Gladiator Barracks in Pompeii

Max in the Colosseum – From National Geographic, this is a fun “mini histories” comic strip about a time-traveling mouse named Max. In this comic, Max visit Ancient Rome and the Colosseum. Click “download and print” for a larger size.

You Wouldn’t Want To Be A Roman Gladiator – Read this book online if you don’t already own it. This is a fantastic series for kids! And here are some free Activity Sheets to download, that go along with this book.

Gladiators Battleship game and Gladiators Rags to Riches game

The Colosseum in Rome today – Take a virtual tour.

Ancient Roman Plaque: Chariot Racing Scene – Click on “Play Audio” to learn more about chariot racing.

Gladiator and Colosseum coloring pages

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