Ancient Rome

Where can I find information about ancient Rome?

Senior Primary

(Years 5-8)

Image: Rom-324 by Kai VvV on Flickr.

Entry last updated: 2/12/21

Introduction

The era of ancient Rome lasted from 753 BC to AD 476. Founded by king Romulus, Rome grew into a rich and powerful city. By AD 117 the Roman Empire included Italy, all the lands around the Mediterranean and parts of Europe, including England, Wales and areas of Scotland. This entry has general websites with information about the history, culture, people and food of ancient Rome, as well as books you might like to read.

General websites

Romans were talented engineers and architects. They were the first to build long, straight, paved roads so that they could transport goods efficiently. These roads were so well made some still exist today, nearly 2,000 years after they were made. There are many websites that have reliable information about ancient Roman topics like this. Here are some you may like to try.

DKFindOut!

DKFindOut! has information on a lot of topics including ancient Rome. This is a fantastic website for primary students as it has great facts and lots of interactive pictures.

There are two ways to search this site:

  • Enter 'ancient Rome' into the search box at the top of the page.
  • Go to subjects, then history, then scroll down and select ancient Rome.

Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About DK link on the website to find out what the company’s mission and values are.

BBC Bitesize

This site has a range of resources that have been designed especially for school students.

  • Enter 'Roman Empire' into the search bar, at the top of the page. This will bring up a number of learner guides that answer questions like, What was life like in ancient Rome?

Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About the BBC link on the website. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

Britannica School Primary

This is one of the EPIC resources. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases that have some really good information on all sorts of topics including ancient Rome.

Tips: Britannica school has different levels. Choose level 2 for more in depth information.

Topic Explorer

Topic Explorer is an online tool from the National Library of New Zealand. It has quality resources for school students in lots of different formats like books, images, videos, websites and more.

There are two ways to search this site:

  • Select the 'Filter by topic, type, or learning area' button and type the keywords 'ancient Rome'.
  • Scroll through the topics on the homepage and select ancient Rome.

Tips: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have .govt, meaning they are from government organisations. They are also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

Khan Academy

This is another website which has great educational resources for students. This site covers a range of subjects including world history.

  • Enter the words 'ancient Rome' into the search bar. This will bring up a range of articles and videos related to this topic.

Tips: Once you've selected a resource, you can look at the side bar to find out which topics are covered in that resource.

Books

There are a number of books and stories that have been written about ancient Rome - check out your local public or school library to see what they have there.

Here are some recommended titles:

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