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So, what does Amarantus look like?

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Roman life in all its... glory?

One of the key aims of these materials is to present the very latest research into the reality of Roman life for all members of society; slaves, citizens, non-Romans, men, women and children. The streets weren't clean and life often wasn't all that safe in Pompeii, whoever you were. 

Amarantus himself was a slave and then freedman, giving slavery and the life of the Roman lower classes an unprecendented central role in these materials.

This module of work will cover six key themes in the study of Pompeiian life:

  1. The neighbourhood of Region I, Insula 9 and Roman social system
  2. Public order and the realities of city living
  3. Roman Beliefs
  4. Politics and Commerce
  5. Trade in Pompeii and the wider Mediterranean
  6. Diet, cooking, eating and celebrating

Teaching Approach

Writing by Caroline Lawrence (Roman Mysteries) and illustrations by Laura Jenkinson (Greek Myth Comix), will bring the research into The Bar of Amarantus and his Neighbours to life, engaging students and encouraging them to think about how the past can be imagined and reconstructed. You can buy the book here.

Teaching will be structured around enquiry questions which explore key historical concepts and target source work skills in students.

Core knowledge will be presented in a variety of ways including interactive texts, video, and images.

Resources will be flexible to enable teachers in a variety of contexts to tailor the materials to their classroom, with an opportunity to include extra skills work (such that relating to historical interpretations) or investigation into archaeological methods.

Teacher Support

Extensive teacher resources will enable even teachers with no background in Ancient History to successfully cover this material with their classes. 

Background information will be provided in a variety of forms to fit in with teachers' busy schedules.

Suggested schemes of work will present practical ideas for classroom teaching.

Clear links to the pedagogical ideas behind the materials will enable teachers to feel confident when using this work in their classrooms.





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