Everyday Life and Entertainment

Everyday Life and Roman Entertainment

The Everyday Life and Entertainment lesson delves into the daily lives of both wealthy and poor citizens in Ancient Rome. One of the most important aspects of Roman society was the bath. Baths were not only a place to clean oneself, but also a place for socialisation and entertainment. The wealthy had access to private and luxurious baths, while the poor had access to public baths.

Festival and entertainment played a significant role in the lives of ancient Romans. From religious festivals to chariot races, there was always something for citizens to enjoy. The Roman calendar was filled with holidays and celebrations, many of which were dedicated to specific gods and goddesses. The Saturnalia, for example, was a festival held in honour of the god Saturn and involved gift-giving, feasting, and the reversal of social roles.

The student activities for this lesson include a research task where students will research and present on an Ancient Roman festival of their choice. This task will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of festivals and entertainment in Roman society and the different types of celebrations that took place.

In addition, students will also learn about the various forms of entertainment that were popular in Ancient Rome, such as theater, gladiatorial games, and chariot races. These forms of entertainment were not only a source of entertainment for the citizens, but they also served as a way for the wealthy to showcase their wealth and status.

Furthermore, students will also learn about the daily lives of both wealthy and poor citizens in Ancient Rome and how their social status affected their access to resources such as food, education, and healthcare. They will understand how the Roman society was divided into different classes and how the divide between the rich and the poor was significant and how it played a role in shaping the society.

Overall, this lesson provides a comprehensive overview of the everyday life and entertainment in Ancient Rome. This offers students a deeper understanding of this fascinating civilisation. Through the research task and discussions, students will gain a greater appreciation for the cultural and societal aspects of the Roman Empire and how it shaped the world we know today.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include an Ancient Roman Festival research task.
Estimated lessons:2
Ages11-14 years
Format PowerPoint

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