ERIC Number: ED429004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Trajan's Rome: The Man, the City, the Empire. A Unit of Study for Grades 6-9.
Anderson, Stephen S.; Flanders, Claudia; Landers, David
The integration of the study of art and history in a broad context of social, cultural, and political meaning cultivates a students' creative, aesthetic, critical and art historical sensibilities. This unit of study explores the time of the Roman Emperor Trajan, the decades from A.D. 98 to 180, a period considered to be the height of civilization. The lessons are organized around text-based primary documents and visual-based sculpture, architecture, urban designs, and ancient artifacts. Students learn how to "read" paintings, buildings, symbols, and photographs and to probe the potential and limits of images and artifacts to explain the past. The emphasis is on removing the distance that students feel from historical events and connecting them more intimately with the past. An introduction is included and discusses the unit's approach and rationale, content and organization, unit context, unit objectives, and correlation to the National History Standards. There are six lesson plans: (1) "Trajan: The Man and His Empire"; (2) "The People of Trajan's Rome"; (3) "Building Trajan's City"; (4) "Governing Trajan's City and Empire"; (5) "Provisioning Imperial Rome"; and (6) "Entertainment in Imperial Rome." Contains a glossary, a list of illustrations, and a bibliography and resource list. (BT)
Descriptors: Ancient History, Art Education, Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Social Studies, Thinking Skills, Units of Study
National Center for History in the Schools, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles, 5262 Bunche Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90095-1473, (http://www.artsednet.getty.edu/).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Getty Center for Education in the Arts, Los Angeles, CA.; National Center for History in the Schools, Los Angeles, CA.