Topic TimeMaps: The Rise of the Roman Empire

How did the Romans build such a large and enduring empire? This title examines the expansion of Roman power, with its life-and-death conflicts, bitter power-struggles and ambitious personalities.

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The Rise of the Roman Empire TimeMap enhances understanding of how Rome grew from small city-state to the great superpower of the Ancient World through an interactive map that appears to change over time to demonstrate the sequence of events. 

The aims of the TimeMap are:

  • to promote knowledge of the topic by providing a clear visual overview of where the events happened and in what sequence;
  • To engage users and ensure that knowledge is cemented through comprehension excerises, and
  • providing exercises to promote higher order historical thinking skills by using questions and activities -based at different levels of ability- as well as coming with a Worksheet and Teachers Notes for advanced use of the product.

This product can be used with Interactive Whiteboards with a whole class or let students use it in their own time through a school network. 

The TimeMap is an animated sequence of maps that change over time according to the controls of the user. They are full of questions, and activities -based at different levels of ability- as well as coming with a Worksheet and Teachers Notes for advanced use of the product.

The information about the Rise of the Roman Empire contained in this TimeMap can provide:

  • A “Big Picture” overview of the topic
  • A more detailed look at specific events, periods and episodes, such as the sack of Rome in 390 BC, the Punic Wars, and the Civil Wars
  • The development of key features of Roman civilization, such as the magistrates such as consuls and tribunes; the senate; Patricians; Plebeians; citizenship 
  • A focus on strands: social & economic trends: tensions between rich and poor, slavery, rise of slums in Rome itself; the impact of conquest and expansion on society government: the role of different parts of Roman government; their failure to preserve the Republic; the impact of conflict on government military organisation and technology: the evolution of the Roman army; centuries; legions; military leadership relations with “barbarians” and other non-Roman peoples

  • The TimeMap will give students a clear grasp of the Chronology of Ancient Rome 
  • The Causation – causes and consequences – of various changes in Ancient Roman society or government are emphasised in the map-based information, and are highlighted in the activities linked to the maps
  • Continuity and change is made very explicit in the TimeMap 
  • The nature and impact of Conflict, both within Roman society and in its dealings with external foes, is brought out clearly
  • The occurrence of dramatic episodes in Ancient Roman history, gives opportunities for students to think about historical  interpretation of events and developments.




World History  Topic TimeMaps  > The Fall of the Roman Empire

Other titles available in the Topic TimeMap Series:

The Rise of the Roman Empire, The Rise of Islam, The Black Death,  European Exploration and Discovery, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Ancient China



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