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Ancient Rome


Early Christianity

(500 B.C. - 500 A.D.)

Ancient Rome and Early Christianity

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: The Roman Republic


Students will identify republic, patrician, plebeian, tribune, consul, senate, dictator, legion, Punic Wars, and Hannibal.

Students will analyze what makes a successful leader.

Students will explain why the patricians wanted to prevent plebeians from holding important positions. 

Students will compare the republics of Rome and the United States. 

Students will summarize the life and historical contributions of Hannibal.

Students will analyze how the treatment of conquered people affected Rome's expansion. 

Students will explain why the Punic Wars were important. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 159.

2) Read pages 160 - 167 in course textbook.

Session 2: The Roman Empire


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify civil war, Julius Caesar, triumvirate, Augustus, and Pax Romana

Students will summarize the lives and historical contributions of Julius Caesar and Augustus.

Students will explain why Caesar's rivals felt they had to kill him. 

Students will define what Pax Romana referred to. 

Students will examine trade in the Roman Empire. 

Students will compare good and bad Roman emperors. 

Students will analyze the historical importance of Gladiator Games. 

Students will examine what life was like in a Roman villa.  


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 165.

2) Read pages 168 - 172 in course textbook.

Session 3: The Rise of Christianity


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Jesus, apostle, Paul, Diaspora, Constantine, bishop, Peter and pope.  

Students will explain why Jesus' followers thought he was the Messiah. 

Students will analyze the global impact of the Jewish Diaspora. 

Students will explain why the citizens of the Roman Empire were so drawn to Christianity. 

Students will examine the spread of Christianity in the Roman World. 

Students will explain why Augustine wrote his book after Rome had been attacked. 


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 172.

2) Read pages 172 - 177 in course textbook.

Session 4: The Fall of the Roman Empire


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify inflation, mercenary, Diocletian, Constantinople, and Attila.

Students will summarize the multiple causes of the fall of the Western Roman Empire. 

Students will explain why Constantine chose Byzantium as the location for his new capital. 

Students will analyze the different invasions into the Roman Empire between 350 - 500 A.D.

Students will hypothesize if they believe Rome would have fallen to invaders if the Huns had not moved into the west. 

Students will examine historians different perspectives concerning the fall of the Roman Empire. 


1) Complete Section 4 Assessment and Multimedia Activity on page 176.

2) Read pages 178 - 183 in course textbook.

Session 5: Rome and the Roots of Western Civilization


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Greco-Roman culture, Pompeii, Virgin, Tacitus, and aqueduct. 

Students will analyze how Greek and Roman ideas have influenced Western Civilizations. 

Students will describe the impact Romans had upon the English language.

Students will analyze the engineering of the Colosseum. 

Students will explain how Roman law protected those accused of crimes.

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