You learned in this chapter that during the reign of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor, Rome entered a period of peace called the Pax Romana. Rome and its people generally prospered during this 200-year period. Civilization spread, trade increased, and cultures mixed. In this activity you will take a closer look at the social order and daily life of the people who lived in the Roman Empire.
Destination Title: The Roman Empire in the First Century
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Start at the PBS Web site’s feature on the Roman Empire in the First Century.
- Use the links across the top of the page to read about each of the five social classes in the Roman Empire: Emperors, Senators, Equestrians, Plebeians, and Slaves.
- Then click on the “Life in Roman Times” link on the left of the screen.
- Use the links across the top of the page to read about different aspects of Roman life: Marriage and Family, Entertainment, Religious Practices, etc.
- Apply what you have learned by answering the following questions.