Ancient Rome, Republic, Empire & Fall of Rome
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What You Want to Know About the Romans
From bikinis to fashionable times for meals, the Romans may not be as different from us as we think, but extracting the tidbits of information about daily life can be hard. Here you'll find the sections of this site on Roman clothing, food -- what they ate and drank and what they didn't, hygiene, education, and basic lists, including short and long form glossaries of Roman terms.
Maps of Rome and the Roman Empire
Rome spread from a single settlement on the Tiber. First it spread to the surrounding territory, then all of Italy, and then most of western Europe, north Africa, Greece, and Asia Minor. These maps show these areas in relationship to one another.
Fast Facts About Italy
Italy is the name of the country that was the start of the Roman Empire. Its rivers, mountains, fertility, and shape all helped form the nations that developed on the peninsula where Rome started.
Ancient Rome Pictures
Here is a large assortment of photos and illustrations highlighting a nation that spanned 1-2 millennia. It features architectural marvels and ruins, maps, sculptures, important figures, including emperors, mosaics, artwork showing scenes from Roman legend, illustrations, armor, enemies, and more.
Ancient Rome Timeline
Browse through this ancient Roman timeline to examine more than a millennium of Roman history. Rome started as a city in Latium, spread to the surrounding area of the Italic Peninsula, then to the islands, then elsewhere in the Mediterranean world all the way to the Danube before it slowed down.
Study Questions for Ancient Roman History
Sometimes when learning about a new topic it helps to focus on specifics. Otherwise, there are just too many details and not enough pre-existing categories in one's brain to sort them all into. It's with that in mind that I've written 10 questions for you -- something like an Easter egg hunt -- to guide you while you use this site to study...
We think of gladiators as strong, heroic, and defiant, the heroes in movies about Rome. The reality is that some gladiators were admired, others were defiant, but in ancient Rome, gladiators, who were usually slaves trained in special schools, fought to the death in arenas to entertain the crowds. It was considered dishonorable for an emperor...
Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Mt. Vesuvius is a volcano located in Campania that erupted in A.D. 79 covering much of the area in volcanic ash that preserved the area for centuries. The modern fame of the city of Pompeii is thanks to this volcano.
This is the famous forum of Rome, the social-business-political heart of the city especially in Republican times. The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) was originally a market place but became a place for politics, and public and private business.