Ancient Rome was one of the most influential republics and empires in recorded history. Learn more about how the republic and empire emerged and about the exciting lives of Romans, from brave gladiators to mighty emperors.
The Life of Julius Caesar
The story of the rise of the famous Roman statesman and general to the position of dictator, and his subsequent betrayal and murder.
The House Falls Apart
This informational text compares the fall of the Roman Empire to the destruction of a house with neglectful owners.
Joshua J. Mark
This text details the life and leadership of the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra.
Pax Romana was a time of great success and widespread peace for the Roman Empire.
This text describes the terrible tragedy of Pompeii in 79 A.D., when the Roman town was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
The Roman Republic
This informational text recounts the history of the Roman Republic: how it was formed, how it worked, and how it eventually transitioned into the Roman Empire.
The Price of Greed: Hannibal's Betrayal by Carthage
Joshua J. Mark
Hannibal, a Carthaginian commander and military genius, could have led his people to victory in the Second Punic War if he received the resources and supplies that he needed.
The Byzantine Empire
This informational text discusses the history, power, and influence of the Eastern Roman Empire, or the Byzantine Empire.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II
In this excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius discuss Caesar’s abilities as a leader.
Down the Drain
Marshall Joseph Becker
Archeologists explore an area that would have been the center of downtown Rome 2,000 years ago.
Athens vs. Rome
Chaddie Kruger discusses Athens’ and Rome’s shift to democracy.
How did Greeks and Romans Write?
Angela Murock Hussein
Angela Murock Hussein discusses writing during ancient Greek and Roman times.
Take A Look at Roman Art
Julia Troche discusses sculptures of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.