Rome: People
Check out these Hot Sites and Cool Books to learn more about ancient Rome!

Web sites about Rome

Ancient Art: Rome
The Detroit Institute of Arts
This site gives a brief introduction to the history and culture of ancient Rome. It is illustrated by objects in the museum’s collection. Click on each object for further description and discussion.

BBC Education – The Romans
In this site, you can learn about Roman history and aspects of Roman daily life. There are also seven interactive activities.

Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
The Art Institute of Chicago
This site lets you experience the culture and art of ancient civilizations through narrated videos and illustrated timelines and maps.

Daily Life in Ancient Rome
This site includes information on such topics of Roman daily life as: clothing, hair styles, toys and games, entertainment, school, and meals. It also includes a story written by a sixth grader about a Roman lawyer.

Nettlesworth Primary School – The Romans
This site provides information on Roman people, history, geography, culture, and daily life. It also includes a quiz, with ten multiple-choice questions.

Roman Ball Games
Wladyslaw Jan Kowalski
This site describes different ball games that the ancient Romans played. Some games are similar to games we play today, like soccer and field hockey. But some games have weird names and funny rules, like harpastum and trigon!

Books about Rome

Amey, Peter. Pax Romana. Greenhaven Press, 1980.
This book provides a succinct overview of Roman civilization under the empire. The book also includes eighteen translations of historical documents from the period.

Burrell, Roy. The Romans. Oxford University Press, 1991.
This book deals with such topics as Rome’s history, the lifestyle of the Romans, and the myths and historical legends of early Rome. Colorful illustrations, maps, and photos enhance the text.

Cornell, Tim, and John Matthews. Atlas of the Roman World. Facts on File, 1982.
This book provides an excellent and concise overview of Rome’s history from its beginning to its fall in the west, and its recovery in the east at Constantinople. The text is complemented by numerous maps and two-page special features on topics such as the Etruscans, Trajan’s army, public shows, and the Roman legacy.

Dineen, Jacqueline. The Romans. New Discovery Books, 1992.
This book describes a variety of topics including Roman family life, commerce, architecture, military practices, and government. Each topic is dealt with in a two-page chapter.

James, Simon. Ancient Rome. Viking Penguin, 1992.
This book describes in two-page chapters the daily life, trading practices, towns and cities, entertainment, military life, religious beliefs, and government of the Romans. Interspersed throughout the text are four colorful "see-through" scenes which allow the reader to see the "then and now" of the Colosseum, a soldier’s barracks, a home, and the public baths.

Joyce, Hetty. "Discovering Pompeii." Faces: The Magazine about People. Mar. 1991. 14-19.
This article talks about the discovery and excavation of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The entire issue of Faces focuses on the science of archaeology.

Roberts, Hildegarde Wulfing. Classical Rome Comes Alive. Teacher Ideas Press/Libraries Unlimited, 1992.
This book presents an account of Roman historical events and culture, including translated passages from ancient authors on Romulus and Remus, Lucretia, Julius Caesar in Gaul, and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Following each passage are cultural and history lessons, puzzles, discussion questions, and suggested reading.

Rome. Dorling Kindersley, 1995.
This book is an interactive guide to ancient Rome with materials to build a town house, a temple, and an aqueduct. It also includes a guidebook, a board game modeled on the Circus Maximus, and facsimiles of ancient documents.

Sims, Lesley. A Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Rome. Usbourne Publishing, 2000.
This book is packed full of information that you would need to know if you were visiting the ancient city of Rome. It even has a detailed map of the city to help you find your way around.

Books about People in Rome

Macdonald, Fiona. A Roman Fort. Peter Bedrick Books, 1993.
This book uses text and a variety of illustrations and diagrams to describe the construction of a Roman fort and the lives of the soldiers who manned it.

Make this Roman Fort. Usborne Publishing Ltd., 1988.
This book helps you create a full-color cut-out model of a Roman fort, with walls, corner guard-towers, four entrance gates, a granary, barracks, and the commander’s headquarters.

Nardo, Don. The Age of Augustus. Lucent Books, 1997.
This book focuses on the social, cultural, military, and political achievements of Rome’s first emperor. A variety of excerpts from primary and secondary sources complement and enhance the text.

"The Roman Army in the Time of Augustus." Calliope Magazine: World History for Kids. Cobblestone Publishing, Dec. 1997.
This entire issue of Calliope is devoted to the Roman army during the reign of the Emperor Augustus, in the early first century A.D. Articles on the Roman military focus on such issues as: the life of a Roman soldier, the equipment of a Roman soldier, and the design of a Roman military camp. Articles on Augustus discuss his military triumphs and his personal bodyguard. The issue also includes a play which takes place on the Roman frontier.

Books about Mythology in Rome

Blohm, Craig. "Romulus and Remus." Calliope Magazine: World History for Young People. Cobblestone Publishing, Sept./Oct. 1995. 5-10.
This article tells the myth of Romulus and Remus, the founders of the ancient city of Rome. This entire issue of Calliope deals with the heroes and heroines of early Roman. Some of the other stories included in this issue are: the death of Lucretia, the military exploits of Horatius Cocles and Mucius Scaevola, and the bravery of Cincinnatus.

Flaum, Eric. The Encyclopedia of Mythology: Gods, Heroes, and Legends of the Greeks and Romans. Running Press, 1993.
This book not only presents the traditional alphabetical listing and description of the gods and heroes, but also includes maps, a section on Roman mythological figures, and numerous reproductions of mythological scenes by the world’s greatest artists.

Books about Daily Life in Rome

Connolly, Peter, and Hazel Dodge. The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Rome. Oxford University Press, 2000.
Imagine what it was like to live in Classical Athens or Rome during the Roman Empire! This book gives detailed descriptions of public and private life during these times, and talks about such topics as: entertainment, contemporary fashions, government, and life at home.

Connolly, Peter. Pompeii. Oxford University Press Children’s Books, 1994.
This book recreates the daily life of the first-century A.D. Roman ancient city through essays, fictional eye-witness reports, and numerous detailed illustrations and diagrams.

Guittard, Charles, and Annie-Claude Martin. The Romans: Life in the Empire. The Millbrook Press, 1992.
The book covers a variety of topics on Roman daily life, including table manners, discipline in the classroom, public buildings, food, and dress.

Morley, Jacqueline, and John James. A Roman Villa. Peter Bedrick Books, 1992.
This book uses the construction of a new house and estate for a rich first-century A.D. Roman as the basis for describing the everyday life, customs, and economic practices of the time.

Time-Life Books. What Life Was Like When Rome Ruled the World. 1997.
This book for younger people provides a real flavor of what it was like to live in the Roman Empire. Numerous illustrations enhance the text.


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