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#Teaching Inquiry - Ancient Rome Daily Life

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Social Studies Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)


Use evidence from a collection of items from Ancient Rome to draw conclusions on the daily life of Roman Citizens. Link your thinking to your learning about the social classes of Rome and who may have used the detailed items. Consider the following questions in your investigation

1.Are routines in daily life influenced by Social Status?

2. Compare the daily life of Ancient Roman Patricians with Plebeians or Slaves

3. What are some of your daily routines?

4. Compare using a 3 circle venn diagram your daily routines with Ancient Rome and Serah/Ethiopia P53 from your textbook

5. How do daily routines change from place to place?

6. Does government structure influence daily life for individuals?  Discuss with reference to Ancient Rome.

Roman Splendor in Pompeii

Smithsonian Magazine

Pottery Drinking Cup/1

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Roman mirror back (fragmented)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Roman Coins

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Lamp, Roman

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Roman Peasant [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Where Gladiators Fought

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Smithsonian American Art Museum

David B. Jewett

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Fitzgerald Monument--Funerary Urn

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Patella Cup

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Rise of Rome: Head of a Man Facing Left

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum