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The Romans (Spring)

Roman Architecture Homework Project

For your homework over half term, you will be creating a project about one of the following pieces of Roman architecture. Here are a few links to help get you started:

 

The Colosseum

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Link Two

 

Link Three

 

Link Four

 

The Pantheon

Link One

 

Link Two

 

Link Three

 

Link Four

 

The Imperial Forum

Link One

 

Link Two

 

Link Three

 

Link Four 

 

The Circus Maximus

Link One

 

Link Two

 

Link Three

 

Link Four

 

Remember! We don't control these websites and their contents so always use the Internet with an adult's permission and make sure you tell an adult straight away if you see anything that worries you. 

The Roman Army

Today, to make up for the snow day's missed lesson, we learnt about the Roman Army. We talked to begin with about how the Roman Army was different to today's. Then we watched a brief video about what it would have been like to be a Roman legionary and found out some of the following things:
 

  • Roman legionaries received three gold coins when they joined;
  • they had to serve in the army for 25 years;
  • when they retired they would be given several acres of land; and
  • they had to march for over 30km a day with their heavy packs and armour weighing well over 20kg!

 

If you'd like to find out more about what life for a Roman soldier would have been like, watch this brief video.

 

We talked about the different ways in which the Roman army was very organised and used their equipment and teamwork effectively. For example, they used to make a formation called 'The Turtle', which involved soldiers using their shields to protect all around them (including over their heads) in a shell-like shape. 

 

We know, however, that punishments in the Roman army were very severe and discussed when some of the punishments might be used. We learnt about decimation, where one in every ten people is killed, and that it was used if groups of soldiers ran away from battle! 

 

Romulus and Remus 

Today we started our Roman topic by discussing the legend of Romulus and Remus. We talked about how Amulius wanted to be king so he killed the current king, King Numitor, and his sons. He sent Numitor's daughter to be a Priestess of Vesta where she wasn't allowed to have children so no one would be able to overthrow him. Unfortunately for the new king Amulius, Numitor's daughter fell in love with the Roman God Mars and had twin boys. Amulius threw her in prison and ordered a servant to put the twins in the river.

 

Luckily, the servant took pity on the boys and sent them upstream in a basket, where they were found by a wolf who cared for them until they were found by a shepherd and his wife, who named them Romulus and Remus and raised them. 

 

When the boys were grown up they got into a fight with some of King Amulius' servants. Remus was taken back to King Amulius so Romulus went to rescue him. In doing so, he murdered King Amulius. When the citizens found out who the boys were they forgave them for killing their king and asked them to be kings instead, but Romulus and Remus refused, saying they wanted to build a city of their own. 

 

Romulus and Remus couldn't decide whether they wanted to build their city on Palantine Hill (Romulus' idea) or Aventine Hill (Remus' idea). The boys waited for a sign from the Gods, but when that didn't help them the twins fought and Remus was killed, leaving Romulus to build his own city on Palantine Hill.

 

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We had a go at acting out the story ourselves. Here are a few photos from our performances! 

How a Toga Was Worn

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A teacher at the Verulamium Museum in St. Albans show us how Roman men would wear a toga!

What did the Romans do for us?

Sewage systems; the calendar; paved roads; turnips and carrots are all things that we're introduce to Britain by the Romans. But where did they come from and why are they here?

 

Links

You might enjoy looking at some of these links. Remember: these are web sites we don't control, so be sensible. If you ever see something that worries you make sure to tell an adult.

Please remember that school ends on Friday at 1.30pm - Have a great summer break!!!
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