Ancient Rome

Why Ancient Rome?

Studying ancient history gives students a better sense of the chronology and flow of history as well as a broader knowledge of the world. Increasing knowledge of ancient civilizations is a fun and engaging topic for students.

Streaming Materials:

Search the following titles in the catalog. The following are just a sample of what is a available for primary grades. Find even more by searching "Ancient Greece" in the SNAP catalog.

Myths & Legends of Ancient Rome

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:19:44, Colman Communications, 1996

This videos presents a trilogy of Ancient Rome's most enduring and fascinating tales.

Roman and Carthaginian Gods

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:03:35, Film Ideas, 2003

With Rome acquiring yet another enemy, Carthage, they return to their daily practices of offering sacrifices to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. In Carthage human sacrifices were made to the gods of the Punic religion. These gods were more human like figures and represented mysterious forces. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Arches in Ancient Rome

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:05:16, A&E Television Networks, 2005

Learn about the use of the arch to solve structural problems in ancient Rome.

Water Use in Ancient Rome

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:03:02, A&E Television Networks, 2005

The first "pay toilets" were built in Ancient Rome. Despite the seeming inefficiency of fountains, modern Americans use far more water per person than the Ancient Romans.

Importance of Water in Ancient Rome

video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:06:54, A&E Television Networks, 2005

Although water wasn't delivered directly to each apartment, all buildings had a fountain to be shared by its residents. Bath houses were used for bathing, exercise, and socializing.

Ancient Rome, Revised

video, Junior High - Senior High, 00:24:14, New Dimension Media, 2005

See magnificent Rome as it was 2,000 years ago. Experience the Colosseum as it appeared to the Romans of the Empire. Live with the people of the Ancient Civilization which spread its culture from England to the Persian Gulf to North Africa.

Ancient Rome and Its Mysterious Cities

video, Senior High, 00:42:52, A&E Television Networks, 1996

Explore the incredible cities constructed in the ancient Roman Empire. Understand the beginnings of Rome and uncover how the construction of the city paved the way for other cities across the empire. Consider how much of the art and architecture of this highly sophisticated culture can be credited to such ancient cultures as the Greeks and the Etruscan's. Investigate what existing structures from the Roman Empire tell us about the lives of the early inhabitants and learn what modern architecture owes to the ingenuity of the Romans. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Fact Sheets & Timelines

Search the following titles to locate these items in the SNAP catalog:

Fact sheets: Use these worksheets while studying Ancient Rome.

Gods of Greece and Rome

Sacred Sites of Rome's Forums

Inside a Roman Temple (Pantheon, Rome)

Women in Society I: Rome, the Ancient World

Women in Society II: Rome, the Ancient World

Social Structure in Ancient Rome, c. 100 BCE - 100 CE


European Thought from Rome to the Renaissance, 480 - 1415

Rome: Military and Political Events, 760 - 27 BCE

Rome: Military and Political Events, 27 BCE - 476 CE

Rome v. Carthage (Punic Wars), 264 - 202 BCE

Women's History Chronology of Events: Rome, 753 BCE - 476 CE



digital video disc, PIJ, 23 min., VISUAL LEARNING COMPANY, THE, 1998

The ancient Romans left many clues for archaeologists to decipher in order to understand the magnificent past of the Roman Empire. Starting with Pompeii, an excellent example of everyday life in A.D. 79 is revealed in the ruins and molds that were preserved in the ash from Mt. Vesuvius. Children will learn about the expansion of the empire, its leaders, developing systems of government, art, architecture and trade. The program takes viewers to Hadrian's Wall, to the Coliseum to learn about gladiator fights and to Rome's Circus Maximus for chariot races. Hosted by the intriguing archaeologist, Arizona Smith, and his young detective-in-training, the program includes a teacher's guide featuring additional information on the topic, vocabulary words, discussion questions, follow-up activities and lists of recommended books and Internet resources.

HANDS ON CRAFTS FOR KIDS - ANCIENT ROME - 800 B.C. - 600 A.D. (021263)

digital video disc, PIJSA, 30 min., CHIP TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS,

Five projects that date back to the ancient Romans. Projects include: Vellum Journal - Books were made of papyrus scrolls. Later, parchment or vellum, a sheer paper, was used to record events, write letters and make books. Samian Ware Tile - Many homes were decorated with pottery wall decorations called reliefs. Many different types of clay were used depending on the area. Aqueducts - The land that surrounded Rome was abundant with springs. This water was channeled into the city of Rome through the channels of aqueducts. Large cisterns held the water at the end of the aqueducts and were used for baths and fountains. Mosaic Frame - Although mosaics originated in Greece, the Romans became famous for their mosaics, which are bits of glass and stone arranged to form designs for jewelry, vases and other art forms. Marine Mosaic Tile - Because of the proximity to water, Marine or sea themes were an important design element in Ancient Rome.

Roman City (022350)

digital video disc, IJS, 60 min., PBS VIDEO, 1994

The glories of Ancient Rome are explored in ROMAN CITY, based on David Macaulay's acclaimed book. This animated and live-action video recounts life in Verbonia, a fictional city in Gaul. A well-planned town with all modern conveniences, it is threatened by conflict between conquerors and conquered. Macaulay also visits Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Nimes, Orange, and Rome, to view actual Roman architecture and engineering greatness.


digital video disc, JS, 120 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 2008

Imagine being among the bloodthirsty thousands at a gladiator bout in the Colosseum, or at the chariot races in the Circus Maximus. Think of yourself among the decadent few in the ancient baths, theatres, temples or palaces. Be an eyewitness to the burning of Nero's Rome. See the devastation caused by Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Meet the ancients, experience their daily customs and visit the imperial cities of Rome and Pompeii as they appeared 2,000 years ago. This program makes it all possible through computer recreations and a renowned team of Italian archaeologists and historians.


digital video disc, JS, 25 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 1996

For centuries, Rome stood at the center of one of history's great empires, and in this fascinating program, students will explore the vast ruins of this ancient city from the Pantheon to the Forum, through the Mausoleums of Augustus and Hadrian, and into the public buildings of papal Rome. From there, travel south to the legendary towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, where the preserved ruins from the powerful eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 provide a complete and unparalleled picture of society and daily life in the early Roman Empire.


digital video disc, JS, 50 min., HISTORY EDUCATION, 2006

For more than 500 years, Rome was the most powerful civilization in the world, ruled by visionaries and tyrants whose accomplishments ranged from awe-inspiring to deplorable.


Ancient Roman Civilizations (750044)


Students are going to step right into ancient Roman civilization as they study and enjoy these extra-large - 17" x 22" glossy, black & white - photos of the unique wonders of the Roman world. They will find that the Roman Forum was considered the epicenter of the world, that ingenious Roman architecture led the way for modern-day structures, and that the Romans’ pattern of daily life was not so unlike ours today. The portraits of famous players in the Roman political world introduce students to these leaders and tyrants who shaped the ancient world. These large-size photo-posters are ideal for individuals, students working in groups and for classroom-wall displays. The four sets of four posters each are supported by teacher's notes, which clearly identify and provide an historical overview of the photos. Here is magnificent, ancient Rome at your fingertips.

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