A Roman's Eye View

This set of video resources provides a virtual tour of historical and geographic features of the 1st-century Roman Empire.

  • A Roman’s-Eye View: The Circle of Earth

    This video takes students on a virtual tour of the Roman Empire at its height during the 1st century A.D.. Students learn that Romans were familiar with only three of the seven continents, and that they called the world a “circle of earth” that wrapped around the Mediterranean Sea. Students explore the impact of a geographical feature such as the Mediterranean Sea on Roman trade and war, and by extension, on the development of European history up to modern times.

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Roman’s-Eye View: The Provinces

    In this video, students take a virtual tour of five major provinces, or regions, of the Roman Empire during its height in the 1st century A.D.: Hispania, Gaul, Germania, Italy, and Greece. Students learn about the prominent geographical features of each province. Hispania, a peninsula, was the western-most province of the empire. Gaul was divided into two parts by a mountain range called the Alps. Greece is characterized by its many islands and the Isthmus of Corinth. Students consider how these geographical features affected life in those provinces.

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Roman’s-Eye View: The Italian Peninsula

    In this video, students explore Italy, the boot-shaped peninsula in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Italy's northern boundary is a mountain range called the Alps. Another mountain range, the Apennine Mountains, runs the length of the peninsula. This range has the effect of breaking the peninsula into smaller regions. Rome obtained the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica after its conflicts with Carthage in North Africa.

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Roman’s-Eye View: Italian Seaports and Resorts

    This video provides a virtual tour of several important seaports in Italy during the height of the Roman empire in the 1st century A.D.. Several coastal cities along the Italian peninsula became large trading centers as Romans found benefits in using ships for transporting goods. Other coastal cities became vacation spots.

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Roman’s-Eye View: The Capital

    In this video, students take a virtual tour of the city of Rome, capital of the Roman empire, during the 1st century A.D. The location of Rome, situated 15 miles inland on the banks of the Tiber River, offered it protection from naval attack as well as access to the wealth of sea trade. The seven hills upon which Rome was founded offered it further protection from attack as well as flooding. The city’s extensive system of aqueducts transported water from as far as 50 miles away to many public fountains and baths. Students visit one such fountain, the Fontana di Trevi, constructed in the 18th century.

    Grades: 9-12