Making Weapons - Ancient Rome Projects
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Making Weapons

Roman helmet
Roman helmet, from the kids at
Laurelhurst School, Portland, Oregon

Although the Romans did many other things besides fight battles, certainly one of their greatest achievements was the world's first really professional, paid army, whose soldiers conquered most of Europe and all around the edges of the Mediterranean Sea, and held on to it for five hundred years.

Roman helmet
Another Roman helmet from
Laurelhurst School

You can make Roman helmets, spears, and swords for your history museum or just as a project. The helmet on the upper right is made from a baseball cap spray-painted gold, some plywood, and broom bristles. The helmet on the left is made from a bike helmet covered with foil, some cardboard, and some yarn. The stand is an old lamp.

Below, there's a Roman shield made from cardboard and papier mache, dried and then painted. Some Roman shields were round like this one, but at other times Roman soldiers carried rectangular shields, so you could also make yours rectangular instead of round.

Roman shield
Roman shield, also from Laurelhurst School

Or you could make a Roman sword, like the one below. This one is made from foam rubber, painted to look like metal.

Roman sword
Roman sword, also from Laurelhurst School

More about Roman warfare

Other activities:

Making Mosaics
Making Cement
Building Arches
A day in ancient Rome
More about Ancient Rome

Bibliography and further reading about Roman warfare:

More about the history of iron and steel
More about ancient Rome
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Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

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