- One of every emperor's
duties was to provide for public amusement out of his private purse. To this
end, many baths, theaters, amphitheaters, arenas, and stadiums were built
all over Rome. Research the Imperial baths and the facilities that were offered
- Make a lamp out of air-drying
clay. Use olive oil for fuel and a wick made out of natural fiber such as
cotton cord, and see how it works. Note that some ancient lamps are stamped
with images or symbols. What symbol would you put on your lamp? How is your
symbol meaningful to you personally? Can you think of an image that represents
your school? your city? your age group? your country? What images might have
been important to the ancient Romans and why?
- Pretend that visitors
and immigrants have stopped coming to Rome. The Emperor has asked you to come
up with an advertising campaign and slogan to attract visitors. Design a poster
using slogans and images from ancient Rome.