Ancient Rome for Kids
Over 2,500 years ago, ancient Rome was a thriving, bustling city. In the Forum, the central marketplace and center of town, there were as many as 150 different shops! The great Roman orators gave speeches in the Forum so that everyone knew what was going on in government. Kids ran through the Forum on their way to school. Women washed laundry in the Tiber. The smell of fresh bread was everywhere. There were street cleaners, firemen, a thousand drinking fountains, eight hundred public baths, apartment buildings, stately homes, religious temples, and even a postal service.
As time went by, the Roman Legion, the crack military forces of ancient Rome, conquered other areas around the Mediterranean Sea. Rome expanded with colonies and provinces until ancient Rome controlled much of modern day Europe, reaching as far as Great Britain, and including parts of Asia and Africa! See the map below. Everything in orange was part of the Roman Empire!
If you had lived in ancient times, would you have chosen to become a Roman citizen? You might have! The ancient Romans invented more games than any other culture. Discover the legend of Romulus and Remus. See if you agree with laws of the 12 tables. Investigate how Emperor Nero won a chariot race in the Circus Maximus when he wasn't even there! Welcome to Ancient Rome!