Today we are going to: • Question the Roman influence on today. • Question the Roman legacy.
watch this film clip… Note to teacher: Show ‘What have the Romans ever done for us’ sketch from Monty Python’s Life of Brian
What have the Romans done for us? • Groups of 4. • In your group allocate a number 1 to 4 for each person. • Resources: A4 plain paper &Drawing pencils. • 30 seconds per person to visualise information. • Use your eyes and memory only. • Return to group to create a diagram: What have the Romans done for us?
What have the Romans done for us? • What did the Romans do for us? • What did the Romans bring that still impacts on today? • The Romans should NOT have brought… • What is a Legacy? • What is the Roman Legacy? • What have you learned NEW today? • How did you learn the information?
Calendar • The calendar we use today with 365 days in a year, is based on the one developed by Julius Caesar. • All the months of the year take their named from the Roman months. • Some days of the week are named after Roman Gods.
Roads • In Britain, several of our main roads – e.g. the A1 (London to Scotland) or the A5 (London to North Wales) – follow the old lines of Roman roads.
Places & Place Names • Some of our most important cities were founded by the Romans, e.g. London. • Some places take their names from their Roman name. E.g. London from Londinium. Chester = Fort Chester Chester-le-street Manchester
Religion • Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire in AD337 and remains the dominant religion in most countries, which once formed part of the Empire.
Buildings • Some Roman buildings – e.g. the Roman baths in Bath – are still standing today, which shows how well they are built. • Roman styles have been copied in many places at different times, e.g. public buildings such as museums, town halls and even schools built in Britain in the nineteenth century.
Language • Latin is still spoken in some sections of the Roman Catholic Church. Until ten years ago all services in Roman Catholic churches were said in Latin. • Latin has influenced the way European languages such as French, Spanish, Italian and English have developed. • All British coins have a Latin inscription. • We’ve borrowed many words from Latin to use in English, e.g. versus, et cetera, exit.
Literature • Many stories, plays, poems and histories have survived from the Roman period. Probably the most famous is the Aeneid written by Virgil.
Science • In science, plants, animals, insects and even mushrooms are known officially by Latin names.
Health and Medicine • Roman ideas about public health, surgery an patient care were picked up by Islamic doctors and later by European doctors.
Law • Aspects of British law – the way the courts are run, names of officials and the way cases are recorded – have all developed from Roman law.
What did the Romans do for us? • Architecture • Sanitation(sewage) • The calendar • Turnips • Carrots • Roads • Towns • Laws • Parks • Swimming Pools • Saunas
What did the Romans do for us? • Art • Aqueducts • Coins • Paved streets • Pavements • Wine • Glass • Grapes • Tenement Blocks • Cabbages • Peas • Feet, Inches, Miles
What did the Romans do for us? • Literature • Education • Cement and bricks • Apples • Cats • Chickens • Street Cleaners • Public order • Public libraries • Language(Latin)
What did the Romans do for us? • Irrigation( water supply) • Public heated baths • Pears • Benefits (free food) for poor citizens • Stinging nettles • Shops • Firemen • Police • Public notices • Advertisements
Today we are going to: • Draw a poster that shows what the Romans did for us? • Your poster should show the legacy of the Romans, to inform people of the importance of the Romans on our life today. • What have the Romans ever done for us?
Plenary: • What did the Romans do for us? • What did the Romans bring that still impacts on today? • The Romans should NOT have brought… • What is a Legacy? • What is the Roman Legacy? • What have you learned NEW today? • How did I learn today? • What will I do next time? • Where could I use this skill again?