Tag Archives: Roman History

Roman History: John Green’s Crash Course

John Green’s Crash Course in Roman History is about twelve and a half minutes well spent. Without seeming to breath, Green manages to cover a great deal of ground with a surprising amount of lucidity. For a quick introduction to Roman Republican Government and its down side, you could do worse. “When, if ever, is it OK to stab someone twenty-three time?” This is not a bad starting point for the discussion.


Latin Teaching: Some useful research links

Continuing on from my other post of useful things, below are some more handy on-line resources. These are more directed at research and cultural background, rather than language study



  • Rome Project


Dalton has been around for a while as a very useful site for links across all aspects of Ancient Rome.



  • Forum Romanum Project


Much like Google, this gives you a computer generated view of Ancient Rome. They describe themselves as follows:

The Forum Romanum is an on-line resource project funded by the VRoma NEH grant aimed at creating an on-line community that collects and makes available materials related to the Roman Forum. This web site contains a clickable map and text links that will carry visitors to information about major structures of the Roman Forum. Each page contains a description of the structure, its function and an image. Links to related stories, more images and maps, textbook connections, literary references, famous characters, and relevant web sites are included.



  • BBC – History: Romans


BBC History has useful essays dealing with aspects of Roman History and in particular Roman Britain.



  • Internet History Sourcebooks


The Internet History Sourcebooks have been on the web and have updated over time into a much more user friendly format.



  • De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and their Families


This site contains a range of useful, referenced essays on the life of each Emperor. The coverage is less complete as the Principate moves on past  Late Antiquity in the Eastern Empire (Byzantium).



Latin Teaching: Some useful things

 Having taught Latin to secondary students for a number of years, I have found some useful things along the way, both for the study of the language and for the social-historical context. Below are listed a few things which may be old news for some, but perhaps not for others.

  • Perseus Digital Library



Perseus has been around for a while and is still a great source of texts. There are analytical tools available for translators along with dictionaries, translations and commentaries. In more recent times, the Hopper format has provided the ability to place a range of resources alongside in the window.

  • Livius – Articles on ancient history



Livius is a great site for matters relating to Roman History. It is particularly useful for biographical information on key Roman figures and is cross linked effectively.

  • UNRV



UNRV is less detailed than Livius, but a better resource for gaining a good overview of events and where they fit into the flow of history.

  • Forum Romanum



Forum Romanum contains a range of resources relating to the history of Ancient Rome. There is a  very useful text archive alongside scanned and indexed secondary historical resources, albeit a little dated.