Ancient Rome for Kids
Colosseum, gladiators, Roman numerals & more!
One of the most fascinating topics in world history is Ancient Rome for kids, because the Roman Empire was so powerful and vast.
Ancient Rome began as a small village, possibly built in the 8th century BC, which then grew to become one of the most powerful civilisations in history.
The Romans spoke a form of Latin. They developed their own system of writing numbers, which we call Roman numerals. We still use Roman numerals today on clock faces and when naming monarchs, for example Queen Elizabeth II.
The Roman Empire
In 27 BC, the Roman Empire began when Augustus Octavian became the first emperor of Rome.
One of the most popular forms of entertainment was to watch gladiator fights.
Ancient Rome Architecture
The Colosseum is a very famous amphitheatre in Rome, which was built around 70 BC. It was used mainly for gladiator fights, but also for wild animal hunts and executions of criminals.
Rome Soldiers & Inventions
Roman soldiers came from all parts of the Roman Empire. They were loyal, because they chose to become soldiers.
The Romans were excellent engineers and architects who built impressive stadia, temples and statues. They introduced straight, paved roads to many countries, as well as advanced plumbing and heating systems.
The Colosseum in Rome is an excellent example of a Roman amphitheatre that has largely withstood earthquakes and over 2000 years of history!