Overview of Ancient Rome (Part I)

Week 10: Overview of Ancient Rome (Part I)

 

READ:  K – 5:  The Romans: Life in Ancient Rome by Liz Sonneborn (Chps 1 – 3)

6 – 8:  Your Travel Guide to Ancient Rome by Rita J. Markel (pgs 1 – 51)


NOTE:  The books above cover the same material, but not in the same order.  All of the questions listed in today’s lesson are covered in chapters       1 – 3 of The Romans: Life in Ancient Rome.  Some of these questions are covered in today’s reading requirement for 6 – 8.  Some of these questions a  6th – 8th grader won’t know the answers to until they finish the book next week.

 DISCUSS:

  • Name three classes of people who lived in Ancient Rome? (the very rich, the commoners, & slaves)
  • Did most kids in Ancient Rome go to school? (no, they learned at home; except for the very rich)
  • Did most girls learn to read and write? (no, learned to cook & sew)
  • What was a bathhouse? (a place where Romans went to take baths)
  • Did men and women go to bathhouses together? (no, bath times or houses were separate)
  • How often did they bathe? (once a day)
  • Did they use soap? (no, oil)
  • Describe the clothing of the Romans? (wore tunics with belts; women wore stolas over the tunics; rich women wore jewelry)
  • When did girls get married? (about age 14)
  • Get out your “Gods & Goddesses” chart from studying ancient Greece.  (See “Week 3: Greek & Roman Gods” from this site.) What is the same about the Roman gods? What is different?  Do some of these names sound familiar to you? Explain. (gods are the same; only their names have changed.  They have some of the same names as our planets.)
  • What was Saturnalia? (a holiday held to honor the god, Saturn, who was the god of farming)
  • What famous man preached to the Jews in Ancient Rome about salvation and was crucified? (Jesus)
  • At first how did the Romans feel about Christians? (didn’t like them; they had many of them killed)
  • What were the Romans famous for building? (roads, bridges, tunnels, monuments, temples, stores, baths, the Colosseum)
  • What building material were the Romans the first to use? (concrete)
  • How do you think the building of roads helped to spread Christianity? (made it easier for people to travel to various places, so it was easier for the gospel to spread)
  • What events were held at the Colosseum? (gladiator fights, prisoners forced to fight against animals or be eaten by them)
  • What events were held at the Circus Maximus? (chariot races)

ACTIVITIES: 

 K – 8: Create a map of Ancient Rome using this link for help: http://wps.ablongman.com/wps/media/objects/262/268312/art/figures/KISH106.jpg

Be sure to label the cities of Rome, Pompeii (ask your parent for help finding Pompeii), Athens, Alexandria, and Jerusalem.  Here is a blank map you can use: http://d-maps.com/carte.php?lib=the_roman_world_40_bc_map&num_car=1982&lang=en

K – 3: Roman soldier coloring page: http://www.edupics.com/coloring-page-roman-soldier-i4186.html

4 – 6: Think of and retell (in your own words) a Bible story that has a Roman soldier as one of the characters.  (For possibilities, see Luke 7:1-9, Matt 27:27-31, Acts 10:1- 7, John 19: 16 – 27, Luke 23:44- 49, Matt 27:62 – 15, Acts 22: 22-29)

7 – 8: Write about the following: Think of and retell (in your own words) a Bible story that has a Roman soldier as one of the characters.  (For possibilities, see Luke 7:1-9, Matt 27:27-31, Acts 10:1- 7, John 19: 16 – 27, Luke 23:44- 49, Matt 27:62 – 15, Acts 22: 22-29)  Then, write the answer to the following question in a short paragraph: The Ancient Roman soldiers were famous for building roads across the empire.  How might this have helped spread Christianity?  Explain.

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Copyright October 18, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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