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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.

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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; ...

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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 ...

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Social pecking order in the Roman world

This interactive resource is about the social structure of Ancient Rome. It includes detailed information about the stratification of Roman society and how this affected people's lives. The topics covered are: Legal status; Citizen and non-citizen - which includes information about the imperial hierarchy, the Senate and ...

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Vindolanda

This resource is about the Roman garrison established at Vindolanda. It includes extracts from the Vindolanda tablets dating from the period AD 97-103, which documented details of everyday life for a Roman soldier on the north-west frontier of Roman Britain. The resource describes the discovery of the tablets and their ...

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Roman religion: gallery

This resource is about Roman religion. It consists of nine images that link to text about the different practices and beliefs that existed in ancient Rome. It includes information on the state-recognised worship of traditional gods and about some of the diverse religions that were tolerated in ancient Rome as long as they ...

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Death in Rome

This interactive resource is a game in which students have until dawn to discover who has murdered Tiberius Claudius Eutychus in his Rome apartment. The clues are in the room where he was found. Students work with physical evidence, interrogate eyewitnesses and interview modern-day experts, but each interview will cost ...

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Roman women: following the clues

This resource is about Roman women. It examines sources of evidence about the lives of women in ancient Rome, given that there is little written material describing their lives. Sources include examples from literature, state inscriptions, tombstones and the bases of statues, Roman paintings and sculpture, all of which ...

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Gladiators: heroes of the Roman amphitheatre

This resource is about Roman gladiators and their role in Roman society. It covers the origins of the gladiatorial system as a funerary practice to honour the dead, which gradually became entertainment. Topic headings in the resource include: Conscripts and volunteers; Rules and regulations; Fighting-styles; Barrack life; ...

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Pompeii art and architecture gallery

This resource is about the art and architecture of the city of Pompeii. It consists of nine coloured images of some of the surviving art and architecture of the city: the garden of the House of the Vettii; an amphitheatre; a thermopolium; a bakery; the Forum; a wall-painting; a mosaic of Alexander the Great; a lararium, ...

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Ancient Roman empire

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos and computer-generated re-creations for year 7 history. It has been designed specifically for depth studies on Investigating the ancient past and The Mediterranean world (Rome), with an emphasis on investigating primary and secondary sources. ...