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Growing up Roman

Imagine living in ancient Rome, when your father could decide whether you lived or died, sell you into slavery and decide who you would marry. Explore the dynamics of ancient Roman families, along with fascinating facts about housework, family pets, schooling and names.

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Eating and entertaining in ancient Rome

Discover a world of ancient Roman entertainment that was, in some respects, remarkably similar to modern times and gruesomely different in others. In this clip, find out about such things as the games children played and the meals they ate. Also explore the types of entertainment they enjoyed at the theatre, Circus Maximus ...

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Were ancient Romans slaves to fashion?

What clothing would you have worn to look cool in ancient Rome? Like people today, many ancient Romans felt that they had to follow the latest fashions. Find out why for many men tunics replaced togas, and that in some periods men wore beards and in other times they didn't. See what hairstyle options were available for ...

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Looking for a place to live in ancient Rome?

What was it like to live in a flat in ancient Rome? The majority of the city's population lived in apartment buildings. Discover what features the flats did, and did not, include, and how the lives of their occupants compared with those of the wealthy.

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Keeping ancient Romans clean and healthy

How did people keep clean in ancient Rome when most people lived in small flats with no plumbing or running water? How did they keep healthy in a time when only the rich could afford doctors and medical knowledge was lacking? Discover the extraordinarily advanced world of Roman engineering that produced public baths, toilets, ...

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The rich have it all in Roman villas

What was life like for wealthy families in ancient Rome? Discover what it was like to live in a Roman villa and sample some of the delicacies being prepared for a banquet.


Theatre of Pompey, 52 BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the Theatre of Pompey in ancient Rome as it would have appeared in 52 BCE. It shows the theatre's location, its semicircular structure, tiers of seating, stage, the temple of Venus opposite the stage, and the surrounding complex of public amenities, gardens and displays of sculpture. Sequences ...


Deir el-Medina, 2nd century BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the settlement, temple and tombs of Deir el-Medina in Egypt as they would have appeared in the New Kingdom and the Ptolemaic periods. Accompanied by a detailed commentary and interspersed with footage of the area today and cut-away diagrams, the animation shows the position of Western ...


Roman Forum, 315 CE

This is a fly-through animation of the Roman Forum as it would have appeared in 315 CE when the Basilica of Maxentius was completed. Interspersed with footage of the Forum today, the animation shows Rome's most important street, the Via Sacra, and the great temples and public structures of the Roman Forum including the ...


Pantheon, 126 CE

This is a fly-through animation of the Pantheon in Rome as it would have appeared in about 126 CE soon after its reconstruction by the Emperor Hadrian. The animation is combined with sequences of the Pantheon today, architectural drawings and models of the building, and paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The voice-over ...


Baths of Caracalla, c235 CE

This is a fly-through animation of the Baths of Caracalla in ancient Rome as they would have appeared when finally completed in about 235 CE. The animation is interspersed with images of the ruins of the baths today, cut-away models of the bathing areas and architectural drawings of the complex. The animation shows the ...


Forum of Augustus in the early years of the Imperial age

This is a fly-through animation of the Forum of Augustus as it would have appeared in about 3 CE after the temple of Mars Ultor was completed. Interspersed with footage of the forum's ruins today, the animation shows Rome's third forum, developed when the space in the other forums, seen nearby, became insufficient. The ...


Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine in the Imperial age

This is a colour clip showing the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. It begins with a fly-through animation of the Colosseum as it would have appeared in about 82 CE soon after it was finished. The animation is combined with sequences of the Colosseum today and images that recreate the amphitheatre's gladiatorial ...


Palatine Hill and the Flavian Palace

This is a colour clip showing the Palatine Hill in Rome and the vast residential and administrative complex built there by Roman emperors. A fly-through animation shows the throne room of the Domus Flavia. The animation is combined with sequences of the complex today, showing the ruins of the Domus Flavia, the Domus Augustana ...

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African civilisations - online resource

This is an online resource comprising nine units of work about past civilisations of Africa developed by the British Museum. The civilisations are: ancient Egypt; Carthage; Great Zimbabwe; the kingdoms of Aksum, Benin, Kongo, Kush and Mali; and the Swahili Coast. They cover the time period from 3000 BCE to 1700 CE. Intended ...

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Mummification process - animation

This is an animated reconstruction of the mummification of the body of Herakleides, a 20-year-old man from the Greco-Roman period of Egyptian history. The animation, produced by the J Paul Getty Museum, begins with the removal of the organs and then illustrates the 40-day dehydration process, the anointing of the body, ...


Rome's pivotal emperors

This resource is about the Roman emperors who greatly influenced the empire's structure and direction. It introduces six of the most important emperors: Augustus, Vespasian, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Septimus Severus and Constantine. Images of the emperors link to descriptive text about their lives and pivotal aspects of ...

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Gladiator: dressed to kill - game

This interactive resource is a game about gladiators. The game tests students' knowledge about the combat dress of three different types of gladiators known as Murmillo, Retiarius and Hoplomachus. Each uses different weapons and armour. In the game students are required to prepare each gladiator for combat with the correct ...


Roman army gallery

This resource is about the evolution of the Roman army over 600 years. It consists of nine images linked to text about reforms to the army introduced by different emperors to counter new threats to their rule, and information about Roman army achievements. The images are of: an early Roman coin; a gravestone; Trajan's Column; ...


Rome's greatest enemies gallery

This resource is about the greatest enemies of Rome between 247 BC and 453 AD. It includes six images of some of Rome's most feared adversaries: Alaric, leader of the Visigoths; Arminius, ruler of the Cheruscans; Attila, king of the Huns; Hannibal, Carthaginian general; Mithridates VI Eupator, king of Pontos; and King Shapur ...