Ancient Rome - Closed Captioned

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Ciao Amici! Hello Friends! Let’s go on a stroll through Ancient Rome visiting the noble ruins of the Roman Empire. Power, politics, and pagan gods – all part of the glory and majesty of the Eternal City! We take a walk back in the footsteps of time to explore the enduring feats of engineering, and the lasting grandeur of the seat of Western civilization.

Video length: 14:39 minutes.

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quiz – PDF

Quiz – Online

My Visit To The Roman Forum

The Roman Arch

A Day in the Life – Ancient Rome

Draw A Scene

Universal Resources

National Standards

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Classroom Ideas 

Ancient Rome

Ancient Timeline

Create a timeline that shows what was happening in each of the Ancient Civilizations at certain points in time.  For example, who created calendars and at what point in time? Who was building pyramids and when?


Roman Arch

Work as a class to build an arch that Ancient Roman’s used for their buildings.  You could use boxes, plastic containers, etc.  This will give students an sense that this simple idea takes a lot more time and ingenuity to build. 

Discussion Topic

After studying a specific ancient civilization (Ancient Greece, Romans, Mayans, Egypt, etc. ), have a class discussion about what a day in the life of a person would be like.


Contact your local college or university to see if they have an archaeology program.  If so, see if your class can visit them and learn what has been discovered by structures and buildings left behind different ancient civilizations.


Create a diorama of Ancient Rome.


Greek vs. Roman Gods & Goddesses

The Ancient Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses were much the same, but had different names.  Have students come up with the list of both Greek and Roman names for their gods.

Gods and Goddesses

Study the different Roman Gods and Goddesses.  Have each student choose one and either dress like on, create a sculpture, or paint a picture of the Roman God or Goddess that was chosen.  They can explain what they learned and why they chose that specific God or Goddess.


Ancient Civilization Comparisons

Divide your class into smaller groups, with each group responsible for further researching how each ancient civilization has benefited the world.  They need to bring props to show (photos, food, items that represents tools and discoveries by each group).

Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or jigsaw class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.


Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

Early beginnings of Rome

Historical rulers

Roman engineering

Roman Forums

Trajan’s Markets

Roman baths


Temple of Saturn

Basilica Julia

Temple of Vesta

Circus Maximus

Triumphal Arches


Videos in this Series

Ancient Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs

Ancient Egypt: Land of the Pyramids

Ancient Greece

Ancient Mayan Civilization

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