Ancient Rome Study Program

Reading Recommendations     Study Aids    
Quiz Game     Review Questions    

The Ancient Rome Study Program covers the history of Rome from its legendary founding by Romulus and Remus to the fall of the Western Empire (~750 BC to ~400 AD). An additional unit covering the Phoenician civilization is also included.

Reading Recommendations

The following books are recommended as 'core' reading assignments. The complete texts are online, or PDF and EPUB versions can be downloaded.

Roman Republic—The Ancient Rome Library includes dozens of student histories that cover Roman history at all reading levels. PDF, EPUB and online versions of all books are available so they can be downloaded read on any device. The two we recommend as 'core' reading selections for the first five units (Kingdom to Age of Caesars) are:

Roman Empire—There are fewer selections that adequately cover the late Imperial age. For the final two units (Height of Empire, Fall of West), we recommend selected chapters from these two volumes:

Advanced Students—As with the Greek collection, the texts for advanced students in the Roman library are especially good, particularly those by Alfred Church and Jacob Abbott. Abbott's books are all biographies, while Church wrote several volumes of historical fiction that give great insights into actual events. We recommend the following books for advanced students, but all the Church and Abbott books are noteworthy:

Additional Reading Resources—The following links provide information about additional reading options for Ancient Rome.

Study Resources

Study Aids are provided to help students review important characters and events. Some resources relate to all of Roman history and others to specific historical eras.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries

Study Aids organized by Historical Era

Quiz Game

The Ancient Rome History Quest program includes over 600 multiple choice questions, divided into 8 subcategories. The questions are based on the Ancient Rome Reading Recommendations listed above but it can be used with other curriculums.

Students who have never studied Ancient Rome before should complete the assigned reading and focus on earning "Knowledge Medals" in at least five subcategories. Players who already have some knowledge of Roman history can play "History Quest" by answer questions across all eight divisions. Advanced players can also compete with other history lovers by posting their scores on the Ancient Rome Leaderboard.

The History Quest quiz game is now available from the Google Play Store, and also the Microsoft WIndows Store. It will be released for Apple devices in 2021.

Review Questions

Each of the Ancient Rome Q/A worksheets listed below includes at least 20 questions (out of 70-90 per unit) taken from the History Quest app. Answering written questions helps reinforce information learned through reading and review.

Homeschoolers or others who are studying Ancient Rome can use the written worksheets along with the History Quest quiz game to help them demonstrate mastery in each division.

Kingdom of Rome Q/A Early Republic Q/A
Punic Wars Q/A Decline of Republic Q/A
Age of the Caesars Q/A Height of Empire Q/A
Fall of Empire Q/A The Phoenicians Q/A