Exploring Structures of Ancient Rome
Latin I students have been exploring Roman architecture by researching a structure from the ancient world and learning about its features and historical significance.
Latin teacher Emily Gifford assigned her students one of seventeen Roman structures to research. Some of the buildings are still in good condition while others are in ruins. Students had to learn about the original physical features of the building, its significance, and the purpose that it served in the ancient world. Some examples of project topics are the Aqueduct of Segovia, a well preserved elevated Roman aqueduct in Spain, the Ara Pacis, an altar in Rome dedicated to the Roman Goddess of Peace, and the Baths of Caracalla, the ruins of the second-largest public baths in Rome.
Students compiled their knowledge of their structure into a Google Slideshow presentation, recorded themselves presenting their project, and also recreated the structure using objects from around their home! The recreations encouraged students to think about and connect to Roman engineering and creativity.