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4 09, 2017

Slavery in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:26:05-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

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. [...]

1 09, 2017

Roman gladiators – ancient Roman games – Ancient Rome

By |2019-09-14T06:37:46-07:00September 1st, 2017|Romans|9 Comments

Roman gladiators mosaic, from the Borghese estate near Rome (200s AD) Why were there gladiators? 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. Roman chariot races Roman amphitheaters Other Roman games All our ancient Rome [...]

25 08, 2017

Roman amphitheaters – ancient Rome

By |2019-01-25T05:14:50-07:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|0 Comments

The Colosseum - the Flavian Amphitheater - in Rome, Italy. Built in the 70s AD by the emperor Vespasian What were Roman amphitheaters for? 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 [...]

11 06, 2017

Playing gladiators – Ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T15:35:57-07:00June 11th, 2017|Games, Romans|0 Comments

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 [...]