Rules • The decisions you make as a class will either earn or cost you points. • Use them wisely! • Knowledge is power!
Hey, what’s up? Citizen Maxius, you and your men are needed in the capital immediately! Come quickly to constantinople, We are under attack! I’ll pay you 5 points! Citizen maximus! How dare you not know my name! Give me 10 points! Citizen maxius! How dare you not know my name! Give me 10 points! Citizen maxius! How dare you not know my name! Give me 10 points! What is the name of the Roman emperor who moved the capital in the 300s? a. Julius Caesar You are Maxius Brutus, a soldier in the Roman army. The year is 332 AD. Your journey begins in the city of Rome. You have been summoned to the new capital of the empire by your emperor. You are Maxius Brutus, a soldier in the Roman army. The year is 332 AD. You are Maxius Brutus, a soldier in the Roman army. b. Constantine c. Diocletian d. Trajan Yo, Emperor D-Man How’s it goin’ dawg? Yo, Emperor Tra-Dawg How’s it goin’? Yo, Emperor Julius! How’s it goin’ dawg? Yes lord constantine, how may I serve you?
What will you do? You begin your journey to Constantinople on one of the famed Roman roads. Along the way you see a man laughing at a man lying on the ground. You begin your journey to Constantinople on one of the famed Roman roads. a. Slap the guy for being a jerk. b. Ignore them and continue on. Ha! Hee! Ha! Ha! c. Laugh with him because its funny. Hee! Hee! Continue on >> Continue on >>
You are now in prison. You find out that the man was a Roman citizen and he was disciplining his slave. You had no right to interfere. You are now in prison. REMEMBER: Being a Roman citizen meant you had many rights and protections. Ah, come on. I was just trying to be a good soldier!!!
The guard tells you that if pay him 20 points and can answer his question correctly he will let you free. Which of these is not a way to become a Roman citizen? a. Be born to citizen parents. b. Buy your citizenship. c. Live in Rome for 10 years Continue on >>
Achievement unlocked! 5S – FREEDOM! The guard realizes that you obviously don’t know anything about being a Roman citizen and so you shouldn’t be punished. He decides to let you go. Wow… you really don’t know anything do you? REMEMBER: To be a citizen you either had to be born as one or BUY your citizenship. Continue on >>
Achievement unlocked! 5S – FREEDOM! That’s right ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Continue on >> REMEMBER: To be a citizen you either had to be born as one or BUY your citizenship. Correct. You may go free… just leave the citizens alone.
You realize that the man is probably a Roman citizen punishing his slave. You decide it would be best if you didn’t get in his way. You wouldn’t want to end up in jail! The guy gives you 10 points for leaving him alone. You continue on your journey to the capital. You realize that the man is probably a Roman citizen punishing his slave. You decide it would be best if you didn’t get in his way. You realize that the man is probably a Roman citizen punishing his slave. REMEMBER: Being a Roman citizen meant you had many rights and protections.
The next part of your journey will be by boat. Unfortunately your captain isn’t very smart and has no idea where to go. The next part of your journey will be by boat.
Which direction would you travel from here to reach Constantinople? a. North b. East c. South Continue on >> d. West Constantinople You are here Oh no! Where am I?? >>
You don’t know where you are now. You only know that it ISN’T Constantinople. It takes you 4 months to finally find your way back and it costs you a full year’s pay (30 points!) to hire a captain who knows what he is doing. You don’t know where you are now. You only know that it ISN’T Constantinople. REMEMBER: Constantinople was the capital of the EASTERN Roman Empire!
You sail east across the Mediteranean and land near Constantinople. Here you see one of the great Roman water carrying things. A man standing by wants to know more about them. Achievement unlocked! 10S – So helpful! Which of these statements is not true of aqueducts? Seriously, we you all absent or something? a. They carry water into cities b. They sometimes went through mountains Come on, even Homer knew that. c. They are powered by the wind
Achievement unlocked! 5S – Bar bar bar! You reach the capital and hurry to the palace. Constantine tells you to go tell the Senate that barbarians are planning an attack on the city! You reach the capital and hurry to the palace. a. People who didn’t speak Latin. What is the best description of a barbarian? b. Non-citizens who lived in Rome. c. Anyone who smelled like cabbage.
Achievement unlocked! 10S – Yeah dude! One of your fellow soldiers (who isn’t the smartest guy in the world) yells a question to you across the palace. REMEMBER: The Roman Senate “helped” the emperor make decisions. We also have a Senate in the US today. a. A group of people who make decisions. b. A building where laws are made. YO DUDE! WHAT IS A SENATE??? c. A person who rules like a king.
After speaking to the senate you return to Constantine. He gives you 20 points, a new shield and sends you off to fight the barbarians. After speaking to the senate you return to Constantine. Why did Constantine give this shield to his soldiers? a. It represented Jesus Christ b. X&P were his wife’s intitials c. Represented old Roman gods
Hooray for jesus! REMEMBER: Constantine believed that Jesus Christ told him to take control of Rome and make it a fully Christian empire. It was Constantine who officially accepted the Christian religion.
Achievement unlocked! 10S – Dude! Sweet! You head off to the Roman province of Dacia to fight the barbarians. Your less than brilliant soldier friend yells another question to you. a. A building used by the government. b. A city in the Roman Empire. YO DUDE! WHAT IS A PROVINCE??? c. Lands conquered by the Roman Empire.
You arrive in Dacia. You are greeted by a barbarian guard. So, um, are you going to hit me or what?! ‘Ey man, wait a sec’ I gots somethin’ ta tells ya! What will you do? a. Challenge him to a fight. b. Bribe him with 5 points. Oh, ya…sorry about that… c. Talk to him about why he is mad. It takes you a week to recover from the beating and costs you 10 points in hospital bills.
The barbarian then explains that he is angry at the Romans for making him pay too many taxes and putting so many of his people into slavery. Ya, the roads and aqueducts are nice but being a slave sure isn’t!
You wave goodbye to your new friend the barbarian and return to Constantinople to tell his story. In doing so, you ask Constantine if there isn’t some other way he could solve the problems of the empire.
Constantine points out that the Empire has tried many things already. Constantine points out that the Empire has tried many things already. He challenges you to guess which thing the empire didn’t try. Which of these did the emperors not try? a. Blaming the Christians b. Lowering taxes c. Splitting the Empire in two
RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR! Constantine tires of the discussion. He wants the barbarians to follow him no matter what. He thanks you for meeting with the barbarians but explains that no longer needs you. He is going to crush the barbarians once and for all.
Constantine may have made the empire strong, but it didn’t last. 100 years after Constantine the barbarians finally destroyed Rome. Constantinople remained for another 1,000 years but the Roman Empire was essentially destroyed. It had become too big to control and too many of its people had become angry. Many parts of the empire remain with us today. Architecture, art, language, law, religion, government and our ideas about freedom and citizenship all are greatly influenced by the Romans.