Roman Empire Historical Figures


Social Studies Middle School Roman Empire Historical Figures
Students investigate some of the most notable Roman emperors, such as Augustus, Nero, Trajan, Hadrian, and Marcus Aurelius. Then, they explore great Roman individuals in other fields, such as Ptolemy in science, St. Augustine in religion, and Virgil in literature. They wrap up their study of great Romans by reading and responding to quotations from Marcus Aurelius’s classic of practical philosophy, Meditations.

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Overview

In this experience, students investigate some of the most notable Roman emperors, such as Augustus, Nero, Trajan, Hadrian, and Marcus Aurelius. Then, they explore great Roman individuals in other fields, such as Ptolemy in science, St. Augustine in religion, and Virgil in literature. They wrap up their study of great Romans by reading and responding to quotations from Marcus Aurelius’s classic of practical philosophy, Meditations.

Some of the content in this experience overlaps coverage of some of the key emperors in the experience The Rise and Expansion of the Roman Empire.

Objective

  • Identify and describe the impact of significant historical figures in Rome.


Names of ancient Roman individuals are remembered today as symbols of achievement and excellence—or of villainy—in fields ranging from government to literature to science to religion. In this experience, you will survey many of these great people and their accomplishments.

Objective

  • Identify and describe the impact of significant historical figures in Rome.




The Fire of Rome, by Hubert Robert (1733–1808)


If you imagine that the ancient Romans were always noble, honorable, and good at ruling an empire, think again.

To learn about a Roman emperor who was the total opposite, watch Nero.


Write words or phrases that describe Nero. To write more than one, separate them with commas, like this: tall, short

Post your answer

Tell students that the narrator of the video speaks rapidly, so if they miss some details, they may watch a second time.

Appropriate cloud words for Nero include insane, evil, and their synonyms. Point out how popular those descriptors are in your class’s responses.

Spend a few minutes discussing the astounding evil acts of Nero. Does this surprise students?

The Student Pack includes a video on the assassination of Caligula, which includes another dramatic story.


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