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Overview — Imagining ancient Rome

This unit allows students to explore how life in ancient Rome has been represented and imagined, using the novel The Assassins of Rome, the picture book Rome Antics, the factual text DK Eyewitness Guide to Ancient Rome, the hybrid texts A Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Rome and Roman News, and an anthology of illustrated poetry: Shapeshifters: Tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Stone statue detail

Britannicus, son of the Roman emperor Claudius. Detail from a statue of his mother Messalina, in the Louvre (Paris). Photo Gautier Poupeau CC-BY-2.0

Students will identify the resources that authors and illustrators have used to represent and imagine life in ancient Rome, and they will explore the challenges associated with using these resources.

On completion, students will have critically analysed and responded to a range of texts representing life in ancient Rome, and will have created their own fictional and factual texts inspired by the texts studied. This complements an in-depth study of ancient Rome as part of the Australian Curriculum: History.