The Roman Empire and its effect on Britain | Primary History - Roman Voices

Suitable for teaching 7-11s. Historian Bettany Hughes explores what made Britain so attractive to the ancient Romans that they made it a province of their great empire.

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Bettany Hughes explains why the Romans were keen to invade Britain and, by referring to a book written by Julius Caesar, introduces the Celts and examines how they looked and lived. It shows the Celts were fierce warriors who used chariots in their battles, and explains why it took 100 years from the invasion before Claudius finally gained control. It describes how the empire expanded and the countries that it controlled. Bettany visits Rome to show where it all started, and visits the forum and an amphitheatre where she discusses how the gladiators were so popular that they were brought over to Britain. Bettany looks at how the Romans introduced under-floor heating, which was called a hypocaust, and the towns they built, like Cirencester, that still exist today.

This clip is from the BBC series Roman Voices. This series of films builds a picture of what life was like in Roman Britain and the lasting legacies of the Roman Empire.

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Children could write a diary as though they were Julius Caesar talking about the Celts, describing what they looked like, what he thought of them, and what he thought of Britain. Then they could write a diary as though they were a Celt explaining their feelings about the Roman invasion; what they thought of the Romans, and the differences between them.

This is relevant to teaching History at KS2/Second level (Scotland).

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