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Ancient Rome for Kids


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!

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.

The Roman Legion, the crack military forces of ancient Rome, conquered other areas around the Mediterranean Sea. Rome expanded with colonies and provinces. See the map below. Everything in orange was part of the Roman Empire, including parts of Great Britain, Africa, Asia and Europe! But no matter how big the empire grew, all roads led back to Rome. Rome was the center of the Empire.


Come meet the ancient Romans and see how different daily life was under the Kingdom, under the Republic and under the Empire! Read myths (many stolen from the Greeks and rewritten to fit the Roman culture,) play games, cheer for Horatius at the Bridge, learn why Hannibal hated the Romans, and why Julius Caesar was assassinated by his best friends. Meet Gladiators and Spartacus! Figure out the code to secret meetings of early Christians. Enter ancient Rome.

Roman Kingdom

Quick Comparison: Ancient Greeks, Romans

Geography, Natural Resources, Maps


The Etruscans

Romulus & Remus

Gods & Goddesses

Roman Council of 12 Gods

Roman Myths

How the planets got their names

Patricians & Plebeians

Pater Familias, Family

Horatius at the Bridge

Roman Republic

Republic Government

Comparison, US and Roman Republic Governments


12 Tables

Crime and Justice in Ancient Rome

Daily Life for Patricians

Daily Life for Plebeians

Daily Life in the Countryside

Roman Houses and the Atrium

Clothing & Hair Styles


The Forum

The Baths

Occupations and Jobs

Kids & School

Wedding Customs

Roman Mosaics

Roman Legion

Roman Letters Home, Inscriptions

Roman Roads

Provinces, Expansion

The Romans in Britain

The Aeneid by Virgil

Hannibal, Punic Wars

Julius Caesar


Republic Fails


Roman Empire

Roman Emperors

Pax Romana


Roman Calendar

Status of Women

Daily Life


Afternoon, Siestas



Holidays & Festivals

Daily Life in the Country

The Campus

Pantomime, Theatre

Circus Maximus, Chariot Races

Roman Art

Roman Architecture, the Great Builders

Roman Numerals





Rise of Christianity

Two Roman Empires

Barbarians Attack

Rome Falls (Review)

Achievements, Contributions

Overview of Roman Government

Grand Pantheon



Play Free Interactive Online Games about Ancient Rome

Take the Quiz (unit review with answers, interactive)

Investigate Real Life Artifacts in the Museum of the Ancients

For Teachers

Ancient Rome Lesson Plans & Units

Ancient Rome Activities and Projects

Ancient Rome Free Use PowerPoints