Life in Rome: Engineering an Empire

In the time of the ancient Roman Empire, huge building and engineering projects were undertaken by different emperors who wanted to make their mark. Meanwhile, the rich became even more wealthy as the poor struggled to survive, and the slaves continued to live difficult lives as someone else's property.

First, watch the segments of the video called Engineering an Empire: Rome and make notes on the sheet you downloaded from MyHomework. Especially focus on the segments about aqueducts, roads, the Colosseum, Hadrian's Wall, the Pantheon, and the Baths of Caracalla. Think about what each of these structures' purposes were, and if they are still in existence (even as ruins) today.





Now check out a couple more videos about the life of ancient Romans:









And finally, want to see some truly exciting Roman entertainment? Check out this chariot race scene from the old classic movie Ben Hur (1959)!


And as a bonus, check out this time-lapse video from the Melbourne Museum in Australia showing what it would have looked like to be in Pompeii on the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.


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