Ancient cultures - Romans

Image: Ancient Rome by Moyan Brenn on Flickr

The Ancient Roman civilisation began in Rome around the 8th century BC on the Mediterranean peninsula. A position that helped it trade and expand to become a massive empire, which controlled most of present day Europe and Northern Africa. The Roman way of life changed every culture it came into contact with. Roman inventions like concrete are still in use today. SCIS 1697997

Ancient Rome for kids

Covers the history of Rome from very early day to the end of the Roman Empire. The landing page has a list of headings for you to click on for more information. Each section recommends relevant books for further reading. SCIS 1697997

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

BBC Schools – Ancient Rome

Explores life in the Roman Empire. Topics include; the Roman army, families, leisure and technology.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

DK Find out

DK Find out is a safe and rich site providing facts, ideas and resources on an array of topics including Ancient Rome.

Suggested level: primary


To discover information on the schoolwork site ManyAnswers use the search terms, Ancient Rome and Ancient Romans.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Primary Homework Help - Romans

Part of a resource centre set up by a group teachers from the UK. Focuses on Roman Britain for primary school students. Topics include Hadrian’s Wall, Roman clothing, and gladiators.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Social studies for kids - Ancient Rome

Headings on a simple front page leads to websites about the topic you select. Topics include the Romans, Roman baths and gladiators.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

The Roman Empire

From the website of PBS, America’s Public Broadcasting Service. Good articles in support of television series. Has videos on site, not all available from New Zealand ISP address.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Roman Architecture-Ancient History Encyclopedia

This is a comprehensive online encyclopedia about Ancient Civilizations. Search by topic or search geographically using their clickable world map. Follow hyperlinks for in-depth within a topic.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides a variety of media rich articles and information on Ancient Rome. Hyperlinks take you to related information on Ancient Rome. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The Roman Mystery series, by Caroline Lawrence (junior fiction)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan (YA fiction), based on Roman and Greek mythology
A Roman rescue, by K A Gerrard, 2011 (junior fiction)


Khan Academy, A visual tour of ancient Rome in 320 AD consided the peak of the Roman Empire.

Colosseum-fun facts series Mocomi Kids. Youtube 2.14

A tour through Ancient Rome in 320 CE. YouTube 13.46