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Slavery in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:26:05+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A Roman shepherd, probably a slave (Istanbul, 500s AD) Many Roman people were owned by other people, or by the Roman government, as slaves. Because the Romans didn't really have hourly wage work, or salaried work, as we do now, men and women who didn't own their own land and didn't own businesses of their own were often enslaved. [...]

Roman gladiators – ancient Roman games – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T16:17:37+00:00September 1st, 2017|Games, Romans|

Roman gladiators mosaic, from the Borghese estate near Rome (200s AD) Romans liked watching other people die. They thought that was fun, like maybe you think going to horror movies or watching Cops on TV is fun. They also believed that their gods liked gladiatorial fights, so that going to the fights was a sort [...]

Roman amphitheaters – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T23:27:05+00:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The Colosseum - the Flavian Amphitheater - in Rome, Italy. Built in the 70s AD by the emperor Vespasian Most people have heard of the Colosseum in Rome, but there were many other amphitheaters all over the Roman Empire. The first gladiatorial fights, in Etruscan times, were held anywhere that there was a flat place near a hill, so [...]

Playing gladiators – Ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T15:35:57+00:00June 11th, 2017|Games, Romans|

Gladiators mosaic First read the account of a day at the games on the page about Roman gladiators. Then, how about putting together a play showing the events of the day? Here's a list of possible characters: Wealthy sponsor The slave gladiators Wild animals Criminals to be executed (some of them Christian?) Roman [...]