Ancient Rome

  • (753 BCE-476 AD)

    Today Rome is the capital city of Italy, a country in Europe. In ancient times it was a large empire that spanned across three continents! We will be learning about how this city grew into an empire, the influence of its government and culture on later civilizations and the circumstances that brought this great empire to an end in 476 A.D. ​

    *Remember: AD is used when we see a timeline switch from BCE to modern times*

    map of the roman empire at its height

    Ancient Rome was a powerful and important civilization that ruled much of Europe for nearly 1000 years.

    ​The culture of Ancient Rome was spread throughout Europe during its rule. As a result, Rome's culture still has an impact on the Western world today. The basis for much of Western culture comes from Ancient Rome, especially in areas such as government, engineering, architecture, language, and literature.


    Learning Objectives for this unit

    1. The role of significant individuals in ancient Rome - Government & Philosophers

    2. The physical features of ancient Rome and how they influenced the civilization that developed there - Geography

    3. Roles of key groups in of ancient Roman society in this period, including the influence of law and religion - Government & Religion 

    4. The significant beliefs, values, and practices of ancient Roman society - Religion 

    5. Conflicts within and/or with other societies, resulting in developments and the spread of philosophies and beliefs.

    Timeline of Ancient Rome

    Timeline of ancient rome

    Activities for the Unit

    Below, you will find the activities and resources for each topic. This page will be updated daily with your activities and videos.

    1st Topic: Geography and the Beginning of Rome (April 1)

    Nat. Geographic: Rome 101 Video (optional): watch the following video to build your background knowledge about the ancient civilization!

    The Big Idea: Geographic features can promote (allow) or impede (stop) the movement of people, products and ideas. 

    Use the reading below to complete your first activity of the unit.

    Assignment #1: Reading Notes - The Geography & Beginning of Ancient Rome (Wednesday, April 1st)

    Map of Ancient Rome 

    map of ancient rome

    2nd Topic: The Legend of Rome (April 2nd) 

    a wolf and two babies


    legend is a story about a person who did something heroic. It is not based on fact nor can it be said to be the truth. Roman children were told the legend of Romulus and Remus which shares how the city of Rome was built. 

    The Big Idea: The legend of Romulus and Remus was used to tell the founding of Rome.

    Use the reading below to complete your second activity of the unit.

    Assignment #2: Reading - The Story of Rome (Thursday, April 2nd)

    2-minute video (optional): watch the following video to recap the story of Rome that you just read.

     Friday, April 3rd: Weekly Quiz Due on Canvas 

    The quiz will help you review the topics covered this week

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    • The Geography of Rome: How the geography provided the Romans with a number of benefits 
    • The Legend of Rome: How the story of Romulus and Remus was passed through Rome

    You are allowed to take the weekly quiz two times. If you are happy with your score the first time you take the quiz you do not have to take the quiz again! There is no time limit for the quiz. Do not close out the quiz until after you have submitted it. Your answers will not save unless you have submitted them.