Printable Ancient Rome Worksheets
Ancient Romans are credited with countless contributions to humanity. These include the Roman alphabet, unbelievable architectural styles, bridges, and even inspiring modern Democracy. The worksheets below can be very helpful for your classes.
- Acrostic Poem
- Ancient Rome Teaching Theme
- Do The Research Worksheet: Republic of Rome declared
- Group Creative Writing
- Teaching And Learning About Ancient Rome
- Time Line
- VENN Diagram: Comparing Modern and Ancient Rome
- VENN Diagram: Comparing Modern Americans and Ancient Romans
- Vocabulary List & Definitions
- Vocabulary Quiz
- Word Search
Printable Ancient Rome Bulletin Board Sets
All About Ancient Rome
The Roman Empire was a huge civilization once part of Italy's region. Through different wars and conquests, the leaders of Rome captured and took over nearby areas too. This meant that it had a lot of influence on Europe. Many of the classical buildings that you see around you today are based on ancient Roman architecture. Ancient Rome came right after the Greek civilization so there are also many overlaps between the two.
Learning about ancient Rome's civilization is important because of the way that it influenced the culture, art, and architecture of our world today.
Life in Ancient Rome
A day in the life of someone living in Ancient Rome was simple. It involved going to work, socializing at public baths, and having early dinners. But because this was an ancient civilization, there were many jobs for different things. Here are some of them mentioned below:
- Farmers: they lived in countryside areas and had to ensure they were growing enough food for the city. The Ancient Romans frequently ate bread which is why wheat was the most common crop.
- Government: Ancient Rome had an efficient governing body. It had thousands of positions- from low-ranking clerks to the highest position of Senators. Unfortunately, the Senators were not elected. Their jobs lasted their entire lives.
- Musicians, Dancers, Actors: The people of Ancient Rome civilization loved entertainment as much as we do. That's why there were many musicians, dancers, actors, and gladiators to keep them entertained.
This is one of the remaining pieces of Ancient Rome architecture that still has survived. It is a huge building shaped like an amphitheater and can seat thousands of people at a time.
In the Colosseum, people were seated according to their rank. So the higher-ranking government officials got the best seats at the bottom. Slaves were seated at the very top with the furthest view of the entertainment inside the Colosseum.
Separate Box for the Emperor
The emperor had the best seat in the Colosseum. Roman Emperors arranged the entertainment happening inside the Colosseum and maintained their popularity through it.
One of the coolest parts of the Colosseum was definitely the secret underground passages. You could have easily gotten lost in them because they were very hard to navigate. Actors, animals, and gladiators used this passage to surprise the audience. Just like a stage, it also had trap doors for added entertainment purposes.
The colosseum was made of stone. It was designed to have many arches to hold up the stone and stairs for viewers to climb if they wanted to reach different floors. There was no floor though, it was just sand and wood. Still, what's surprising is that it was strong enough to survive rough weather conditions over time.
The Ancient Romans really liked statues. This is obvious because classical sculpture from this period of world history is well known. They also used statues to glorify important figures, which is why, right outside the Colosseum, there is a statue of Emperor Nero.
One entrance would not have been enough for the thousands of people entering the Colosseum. That's why there were almost 76 different entrances to make it easier. This also made it easier for people to get out in case of emergencies. Events at the Colosseum were surprisingly organized, each visitor had to get a separate ticket. The ticket would also mention which gate they could use to enter it. The passages that led to the seating area were called vomitoria.
Ancient Rome mythology has a lot of influence, even today. The Roman Gods and Goddesses were inspired by the Greek ones that had come before. There were gods for everything, from hunting to war and the Romans worshipped these gods for their blessings.
10 Facts about Ancient Rome
1. Most of what was ancient Rome is underground now
2. According to mythology, it was founded by two brothers, who were raised by a wolf
3. They tried to have boat battles in the Colosseum…by filling it with water
4. The Ancient Romans chose girls as young as 10 to be ‘vestal virgins' to protect the city
5. There are two hills in Rome named after what they were used for
6. Ancient Romans ate mice too
7. They didn't sit to eat dinner…they lay down on couches
8. They also used urine for their laundry
9. They worshipped many Gods
10. There was a lot of graffiti on the walls of ancient Rome
Fall of Rome
Like all great civilizations, Rome also fell. When the government became corrupt, they stopped caring about looking after the empire so they slowly lost control. They couldn't maintain control for long either because there were too many civil wars going on in Europe within the Empire. It would have happened anyway because ancient Rome was too big! The empire couldn't be controlled forever, which is why it wasn't hard for barbarian tribes to attack it. By this time, the ancient Roman army had become weaker too so they couldn't really fight back.
Learning all about ancient Rome and other civilizations is part of understanding world history. The discoveries of these early civilizations influenced modern government, buildings, and literature. Even the laws that exist today came from these ancient civilizations. Learning about the past helps us understand what worked for ancient societies and what to avoid for the future. The modern world is extremely efficient now thanks to the discoveries and knowledge of these civilizations. It can also prevent us from repeating the same mistakes as them.