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Daily Life in Ancient Rome

from Penn Museum

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Broadcasting live from our Rome Gallery, students will learn all about artifacts that elite Romans used in their day-to-day lives. This interactive program covers mosaics, portraiture, architecture,
and examines childhood toys and the educational system. You will even take a tour of a lavish Roman villa.

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About This Program


By Request: $125.00

Payment in full is due 2 weeks prior to the program date.

If you book 2 or more programs you will receive a 10% discount.


60 minutes (may be shortened by request)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No more than 30 for optimal experience

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, FieldTripZoom, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Available Mondays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST), and Tuesday - Friday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (EST) with a minimum of three weeks notice.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable. Cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to gallery availability.

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery.

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Program Details


The interactive program is broadcast from Penn Museum’s Rome Gallery. A museum educator explains daily life in ancient Rome through the use of artifacts on display and additional object reproductions.

The format is as follows:

1. Welcome and Introduction
2. Examination of a Roman house model and the purpose/names of different rooms.
3. Explanation of mosaics: what materials were used, where they were found, why they were used, and what they depicted
4. Examination of Roman portraiture and what they illustrate of Roman life
5. Discussion of childhood with an emphasis on toys and education
6. Toga tying demonstration
7. Summary
8. Time for additional questions and answers


The participant will:
*describe common objects found in ancient Roman households
*analyze and interpret artifacts, primary sources for learning about the past
*develop an appreciation for the similarities and differences between their lives and those of ancient Romans

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Fine Arts
Understanding the Visual Arts in Relation to History and Cultures
-Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art

Foreign Languages
Cultures (Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures)
-Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
-Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied

Places and Regions
-Understand the physical and human characteristics of places
NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems
Understand the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement

World History
ERA 3: Classical Traditions, Major Religions, and Giant Empires, 1000 BCE-300 BCE
-how major religions and large-scale empires arose in the Mediterranean basin, China, and India, 500 BCE-300 CE

State Standards

Human Characteristics of Places and Regions

World History: Contributions of Individuals and Groups
8.4.B World History: Historical Documents, Artifacts and Sites
8.4.C World History: Impact of Continuity and Change

World Languages
The Role of Culture in Classical World Language Acquisition

Arts and Humanities
Historical and Cultural Contexts: Context of works in the arts
9.2.D Historical and Cultural Contexts: Historical and cultural perspectives
9.2.E Historical and Cultural Contexts: Historical events and culture impact works in the arts