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Research Question: Was Ancient Rome a Desirable Place to Live?

Research Booklet
Inquiry Questions:

1.What activities did the ancient romans do for entertainment?
2. Was there separate entertainment for men and women, or were they together?

Entertainment
Research
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Source 1 - Colosseum

Source 2 – Chariot Races

The events staged at the Colosseum were many. Nearly all of
them involved death and destruction. There were the well known
gladiator fights and the feeding of Christians to lions. There were
also a number of lesser known events such as mock sea battles
involving ships, animal circus acts, animals fighting animals and
animal hunts.

Another favorite pastime of the Ancient Romans was the
chariot races. This is perhaps the oldest of the Roman
pastimes. There were teams that raced: the Reds, Greens,
Blues, and Whites. People would follow and cheer their
favorite teams and riders. Top chariot racers were heroes just
like the top athletes of our day. The races were held in an
arena called a circus. The oldest and largest circus was the
Circus Maximus in the city of Rome which could seat around
150,000 people. Chariot racing often was dangerous to both
driver and horse as they frequently suffered serious injury and
even death, but generated strong spectator enthusiasm. In
the ancient Olympic Games, as well as the other Panhellenic
Games, the sport was one of the most important equestrian
events. Each chariot was pulled by four horses.

All sorts of animals were kept in cages below the Colosseum.
Wild cats, buffaloes, bears and elephants would all be kept and
then made to fight one another. In some parts of the Roman
Empire, certain animals died out because their type was in such
demand by those who ran entertainment in Rome itself. It is
thought that on the day the Colosseum opened, over 5,000
animals were killed.
However, animals were the secondary part of the 'show'. Those
who came to the Colosseum came to see people fight. Famous
gladiators had a huge following but many gladiators were the
Roman equivalent of 'canon fodder' - there to entertain and be
killed. Many of these gladiators were slaves or prisoners-of-war.
The casualty rate per 'show' was massive - near enough 50%
died each show. Those gladiators who had fought well but had
not won their fight could be spared by the emperor if he was
present at an event - a thumbs up meant life, and a thumbs down
meant death. The Roman writer Seneca wrote that for a gladiator

In the Roman form of chariot racing, teams represented
different groups of financial backers and sometimes competed
for the services of particularly skilled drivers. These teams
became the focus of intense support among spectators, and
occasional disturbances broke out between followers of
different factions. The conflicts sometimes became politicized,
as the sport began to transcend the races themselves and
started to affect society overall. This helps explain
why Roman and later Byzantine emperors took control of the

"the only exit is death."

teams and appointed many officials to oversee them.

These shows were usually free to the public. The emperors
believed it was a good way to keep the people of Ancient
Rome happy and content with the way the city was
being governed. The government provided free bread and free
entertainment - a combination they believed would keep happy
the many unemployed people in Rome.

Research
findings (put in
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Ancient Romans participated in lots of activities, from a relaxing swim, to
watching animals and humans fight to their deaths in the Colosseum.
Generally though, Roman girls and women didn’t participate in these
activities. As discussed in source 1.1, a major supplier for entertainment
were the events staged at the Colosseum. Nearly all of these events resulted
in death and destruction. There were gladiators (who were prisoners or
slaves) who would go into the Colosseum as basically a death sentence, to
fight against different animals. Nearly 50% of the people who fought died
each show. These shows were normally free to the public because the
emperors thought it was a good way to insure that the people of Ancient
Rome were happy and content with how the city was being run. Ancient
roman women were allowed to go to the events at the colosseum, but they
had to sit separately to the men.

Bibliography
for sources
(number them
if more than
one)
Source
analysis

1. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/roman_entertainment.htm

Primary or Secondary Source? Primary source, because it is a stone carving
from back in those days.

Furthermore, Ancient Romans particularly enjoyed watching Chariot
Races. Chariot racing is one of the oldest past times that Ancient Romans
did. Red, Green, Blue and White, were the teams that raced. Just like top
athletes these days, the top chariot racers were considered to be heroes.
An arena, called a circus, were where the chariot races were held. The
circus Maximus was the largest and oldest circus and could see 150000
people. As evident in source 1.2 Chariot racing was dangerous for the
horse and the rider because they were regularly getting seriously injured
and some were even killed. The teams were different groups of financial
backers and every now and then competed for the uses of skilled riders.
The conflicts were becoming politicised because the sport started to
change the races and the society overall

http://www.historyonthenet.com/Romans/entertainment_in_rome.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariot_racing

Primary or Secondary Source? Secondary, because it is a drawing.
From what perspective is this source created? I Think that this source is

(explain in full)

Does this
source
indicate that
Rome was a
desirable or
undesirable
place to live?

From what perspective is this source created? It is created from a neutral
perspective because it shows both the animal fighting and the people
fighting.
Is this source relevant to my inquiry? Yes, because it shows one of the
activities of Ancient Rome.
Is this source reliable/accurate? Yes, because I check it with other sources
and it doesn’t show any bias.
This does not make Rome a desirable place to live because the Ancient
Romans are blood thirsty and are killing both animals and their own people
for their personal entertainment.

created from the perspective that chariot racing is dangerous.
Is this source relevant to my inquiry? Yes because it once again discusses
an Ancient Roman activity.
Is this source reliable/accurate? Yes, because I cross check it because I
thought that there may be some bias.

This definitely does not make ancient Rome a desirable place to live
because the ancient romans were racing for their own power or for the
uses of the uses of people to help them win again.

Inquiry Question 2: 1. Did everyone in the ancient roman family have to work?
2. Did everyone have an education? Were some people treated differently to other people?
Daily Life
Research findings (copy
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Source 1

Source 2

Life for women in Roman times was often
hard. Mother was less important than
father in the family. Father had the power
of life or death over everyone. When a
new baby was born it would be laid at its
father's feet - if the father picked the baby
up it would live, but if he ignored the baby
it would be taken away to die. Women
were expected to run the home, cook
meals, and raise children. If they were
wealthy, women were lucky; they had
slaves to do the work.

The Romans saw how the Greeks taught their children
using paid teachers to educate groups of students. The
Romans figured that this was a pretty good system so they
adopted it. However, school was not free. You had to pay
the teacher so poor children did not go to school.

Many girls were married at the age of 14.
Marriages were often arranged between
families. A man could divorce his wife if
she did not give birth to a son. Many
women died young (in their 30s), because
childbirth could be dangerous, and
diseases were common.

During the time of the Republic, for their afternoon
and evening meals, Romans ate mostly vegetables
and dined very simply.

Teachers taught more than just reading and writing. They
also taught math and Greek literature. But the main
subject was Oration or public speaking.
School started before sunrise with students working using
candles or oil lamps. They took a break for lunch and
siesta, then worked again until late afternoon.
Most Roman kids did not go to school. Like their parents,
they worked in the fields hoeing and weeding and plowing as
soon as they were old enough. Their parents needed them to
work, to get enough to eat. They did not learn to read or
write or do math.
Some rich boys, especially if they lived in cities, did go to
school. Girls mostly did not go to school. Roman schools
were small, with only one room, and one teacher, like

American one-room schools. The same teacher taught boys
of different ages, from about seven to eleven or twelve.
The women of the house, or the slaves under their
direction, would prepare the meals, which were then (Boys younger than seven didn't go to school). The boys'

served by the children of the house.
In the atrium, a dining table would be set up for

parents paid the teacher, the way your parents pay for
music lessons or karate lessons today. Rich kids sometimes

meals and the family would sit on stools around
had a slave who walked them to school and back and kept
it. After serving the adults the children would serve them safe.
themselves and take their seats with the rest of the
family. The whole family ate together.
The Romans did not have forks. They did use
spoons and knives while eating. Mostly food was
eaten using your hands or a spoon. Plebeians lived
in apartments called flats. For those who had
businesses, these would be above their business. If
their building had more then two stories, they would
Roman school in Trier in Germany, about 200 AD
rent out the upper floors to other plebeians. These
The boys usually sat on stools or chairs, while the teacher
type flats were usually spacious and pleasant.
had a chair with a back (though in this picture actually the
Sometimes they even had running water.
boys do have backs on their chairs). Nobody had a desk.

If you were just a workman or unemployed, your
apartment was not nearly so nice. The poorer
people were crowded into one room flats, and had
to haul their water in from the local fountain. There
would be no bathroom or toilets; they had to use the
public bathrooms. They would cook, sleep, and eat
in the single room, with sometimes 15 or 20 people
in one room. Fires were frequent as was disease
and epidemics.
Patricians, the rich nobles, lived differently. While
the whole family (parents, children, grandparents,
aunts, uncles, etc.) all lived in the same house, this
house would have rooms for all of them. The house
would be built with an open area in the center, the
courtyard, where most of the cooking and eating
took place. There would be rooms for entertaining
as well as an atrium. The homes were frequently

Some kids (both boys and girls) were home-schooled
instead. Either their mothers or fathers taught them, or
sometimes they hired a teacher to come to their house, or
(for very rich people) they might buy a slave to be their kids'
teacher.
The teacher taught the boys how to read and write, and also
how to count and calculate some numbers. Books hadn't
been invented yet, and nobody in Europe knew how to
make paper, so the boys read from papyrus scrolls. To
practice their writing, they scratched with wooden sticks on
wooden boards covered with wax, or sometimes they
scratched with a metal stick on old broken pieces of pottery.
The teacher wrote out the alphabet, or lines from the Aeneid,
and then the kids copied out what the teacher had written.
They also learned math. He (all the teachers were men too)

made of brick or sandstone blocks, with tiled roofs
and growing plants around.
They would have offices if needed and maybe even
a private bath. There would be paintings, sculptures
and mosaics around. If they were wealthy enough,
there would be slaves to do all the cleaning and
cooking.

taught them their times tables. The boys memorized a lot
of poetry, and sometimes they learned to play a musical
instrument. They did not learn science, or art, or physical
education.
If a boy had not learned what he was supposed to learn, the
teacher would often hit him with a stick. Many boys were
very afraid of their teacher, and hated school because they
were afraid of being hit with the stick.
When boys were eleven or twelve, and had learned
everything they could learn in this school, many of them
stopped going to school. A few, like the scholar Augustine,
went on to high school.

Research findings (put in
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The father in the Ancient Roman family was in charge of the
whole family. When a baby was born, it would be laid at its
father’s feet and if he picked the baby up, it would live, but if
he didn’t, the baby would be taken to die. Women were
expected to cook meals for the family and raise the children.
The mother was the only person to have to work in the home.
The women were lucky if they were wealthy because then they
would have the slaves do the work. Most girls were married by
the age of 14 and the marriages were often arranged by the
families. The Romans mainly ate vegetables and dined simply.
They only used spoons and knives, but most foods were eaten
by using just their hands and spoons. (Source 1.3)

Additionally, in ancient Rome school was not free, so the poorer
children did not go to school. The subjects at an Ancient Roman school
were English, writing, maths and Greek literature. School started
before sunrise and finished in the late afternoon. Most Roman kids did
not go to school, so they helped their parents in the fields once they
were old enough. Unfortunately, these kids, did not learn how to read,
write or do math. Girls generally did not go to school. They would stay
home and be taught how to cook, sew and how to run things in a
family. Some boys were home schooled by either their mother, a
teacher they had hired or a slave. When the boys were eleven or
twelve, if they had learned everything they possibly could in school,
they would stop going to school. Only a few boys continued onto high
school. (source 1.4)

Bibliography for sources
(number them if more
than one)
Source analysis (explain

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/romans/family_and_children/

http://rome.mrdonn.org/school.html
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/people/school.htm

Primary or Secondary Source? Secondary source because it is a

Primary or Secondary Source? Secondary, because it is a drawing.

in full)

Does this source indicate
that Rome was a
desirable or undesirable
place to live?

painting.
From what perspective is this source created? The perspective
from which the women does all of the work.
Is this source relevant to my inquiry? Yes. Because it shows
who works in the family.
Is this source reliable/accurate? Yes it is, because I cross
checked it with other pictures and websites.
This source clearly shows that Ancient Rome is not a desirable
place to live if you are a woman because you have to listen to
whatever your husband says and do all of the work.

From what perspective is this source created? The perspective in which
only boys get to go to school.
Is this source relevant to my inquiry? Yes. Because I asked about
education.
Is this source reliable/accurate? Yes because I checked it with other
websites.

This source definitely tells you that Ancient Rome is not a desirable
place to live, because if you are a girl you do not get to have an
education, and if you are poor you can’t either.

Inquiry Question 3: 1. What was the most common punishment in Ancient Rome?
2. Were there different punishments for different crimes? If so, what were these punishments?

Research findings (copy
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Source 1

Source 2

The different types of punishments inflicted among
the Romans, were fines, (damnum,) bonds,
(vincula,) stripes, (verbera,) retaliation, (talio,)
infamy, (ignominia,) banishment, (exilium,) slavery,
(servitus,) and death. A Roman citizen could not be
sentenced to death unless he was found guilty of
treason. A Roman citizen had the right to be tried
in Romeif accused of treason. If sentenced to
death, no Roman citizen could be sentenced to be
crucified.

The best known form of lethal punishment in Ancient Rome was, of

The Roman methods of inflicting death were
various, in the time of Nero, the punishment for
treason was, to be stripped stark naked, and with the
head held up by a fork to be whipped to death. The
most common punishment were as follows:

enemies of the state; Roman citizens could be condemned to







Beheading (percussio securi)
Strangling in prison (strangulatio)
Throwing a criminal from that part of the
prison called Robur (precipitatio de robore)
Throwing a criminal from the Tarpeian rock
(dejectio e rupe Tarpeia)
Crucifixion (in crucem actio)
Burying a person alive
Throwing a criminal into the river (projectio
in profluentem)

course,crucifixion, for obvious reasons. While even some of the
more educated Romans considered this to be most cruel and
disgusting, it was undeniably effective, both in providing a slow and
painful death, and in creating a public display to warn others
(crucified bodies where left there to rot and for everybody to see –
this being the most likely reason why only one body bearing signs of
crucifixion has been found among all the archaeological remains we
have from ancient Roman territories).
Crucifixion was a punishment reserved for slaves, pirates and
crucifixion only for high treason (this pretty much implied the loss of
the social status as well). The best known case is St.Paul, who was
beheaded, being a Roman citizen, while St.Peter, convicted of a
similar crime, was crucified.
There are two famous accounts of this method being used on a
large scale: once, by Crassus, after crushing Spartacus' revolt.
6,000 captured slaves were crucified, creating a forest of dead
bodies from Capua all the way to Rome – a gruesome reminder that
Rome was not willing to tolerate such actions or to pardon anybody
involved in them or supporting them.
The second case is in 70 AD, during the siege of Jerusalem, when,
according to Josephus, the Roman army crucified captives along the
walls of the besieged city.
Nero allegedly added a new twist, by setting the crucified bodies on
fire and using them to light up the streets (somehow I find it weird

that he was still playing with fire after his capital city just got burned
down to ground).

Research findings (put in
your own words)

Bibliography for sources
(number them if more
than one)
Source analysis (explain
in full)

Does this source indicate
that Rome was a
desirable or undesirable
place to live?

In ancient Rome, there were several different methods of
punishments for the crimes committed. These punishments
included: beheading, strangling in prison, throwing a criminal
from that part of the prison called Robur, throwing a criminal
from Tarpeian rock, burying a person alive and throwing a
criminal into the river. All of these punishments resulted in
death and were extremely painful. When nero was in charge,
the punishment for treason was, to be stripped naked and
then be whipped until death. The people in charge would also
sometimes beat you up if you said something bad. (Source 1.5)
http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-life/romanpunishment.htm

The most common punishment in Ancient Rome was crucifixion. This
punishment was only for slaves, pirates, Christians and enemies of the
state, however, Roman citizens could be given this punishment if they
committed high treason. This punishment was slow and painful way to
die already, but later on Nero decided to light them up and use them
as human torches. (source 1.6)

Primary or Secondary Source? Secondary, it is a picture.
From what perspective is this source created? The perspective
that Rome is very strict and gives harsh punishments.
Is this source relevant to my inquiry? Yes because I asked
about the different punishments.
Is this source reliable/accurate? Yes because I cross checked it
with other pictures and websites.
This source shows that Ancient Rome is most definitely not a
desirable place to live because, nearly all of the punishments
end with death.

Primary or Secondary Source? Secondary because it is a picture.
From what perspective is this source created? I think that it is taken
from the perspective that the people were being burned.
Is this source relevant to my inquiry? Yes because it shows the most
common punishment.
Is this source reliable/accurate? Yes because I checked it with other
sources.
This source shows that Ancient Rome is not a desirable place to live if
you are a Christian or a slave because you can be crucified and then lit
up to light up the streets.

http://ancientlinks.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/crime-andpunishment-in-ancient-rome.html

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Introduction
State your main
argument
Inquiry Question 1
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argument
ii) Explain facts and
evidence
obtained from
sources
iii) Link to main
argument
Inquiry Question 2
2
i) State topic and
argument
ii) Explain facts and
evidence
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argument
Inquiry Question 3
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evidence
obtained from
sources
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Conclusion

Eg. “Ancient Rome is/is not a desirable place to live, for a range of reasons”

Eg.
i) “One of the main reasons Rome is/is not a desirable place to live is ……….”
ii) “I/we know this because ………….. (quote evidence)”
iii) “Therefore it is obvious that Ancient Rome is/is not a desirable place to live”

Eg.
i) “One of the main reasons Rome is/is not a desirable place to live is ……….”
ii) “I/we know this because ………….. (quote evidence)”
iii) “Therefore it is obvious that Ancient Rome is/is not a desirable place to live”

Eg.
i) “One of the main reasons Rome is/is not a desirable place to live is ……….”
ii) “I/we know this because ………….. (quote evidence)”
iii) “Therefore it is obvious that Ancient Rome is/is not a desirable place to live”

re-state your main
argument

Eg. “Again, I must insist that you should/should not come to Rome to live, it is …..(reason 1), ….(reason 2), ….(reason 3).”

Draft Written Response
Dear Cleopatra,
I am writing this letter to inform you that Rome is definitely not a desirable place for you to live and this is for many reasons. I will be telling you about the following things
in Ancient Rome, the blood thirsty entertainment, hardworking daily life and the gruelling punishment system. After looking at all I am about to say, you will surely agree
that Ancient Rome is not a desirable place to live.
Firstly, Ancient Romans participate in lots of activities, from a relaxing swim, to watching animals and humans fight to their deaths in the Colosseum. Generally though,
Roman girls and women don’t participate in these activities. As discussed in source 1.1, a major supplier for entertainment are the events staged at the Colosseum. Nearly
all of these events result in death and destruction. There are gladiators (who were prisoners or slaves) who go into the Colosseum as basically a death sentence, to fight
against different animals. Nearly 50% of the people who fight die in each show. These shows are normally free to the public because the emperor’s think it is a good way to
insure that the people of Ancient Rome are happy and content with how the city is being run. Ancient roman women are allowed to go to the events at the colosseum, but
have to sit separately to the men. Furthermore, Ancient Romans particularly enjoy watching Chariot Races. Chariot racing is one of the oldest past times that Ancient
Romans do. Red, Green, Blue and White, are the teams that race. An arena, called a circus, is where the chariot races are held. The circus Maximus is the largest and oldest
circus and can seat 150000 people. As evident in source 1.2 Chariot racing is dangerous for the horse and the rider because they are regularly getting seriously injured and
some are even killed. The teams are different groups of financial backers and every now and then they compete for the uses of skilled riders. The conflicts are becoming
politicised because the sport has started to change the races and the society overall. Therefore, it is obvious that Ancient Rome is not a desirable place to live because of its
blood thirsty and power thirsty entertainment system.
Another reason you should NOT move to Ancient Rome is, the father in the Ancient Roman family is in charge of the whole family. When a baby is born, it is laid at its
father’s feet and if he picked the baby up, it would live, but if he didn’t, the baby will be taken to die. When you grow up you will be expected to cook meals for the family
and raise the children. You and your daughter (if you have a daughter) will be the only people who will have to work in the home. You will be lucky if you are wealthy,
because then your slave can do the work. You will most likely have to marry by the time you are 14 and your marriage will be decided by your dad. The Romans eat
vegetables and dine simply. They only use spoons and knives, but most foods are eaten by using just their hands and spoons. (Source 1.3) Additionally, in ancient Rome
school is not free, so the poorer children do not go to school. The subjects at an Ancient Roman school are English, writing, maths and Greek literature. School starts before
sunrise and finishes in the late afternoon. Most Roman kids do not go to school, so they help their parents in the fields once they are old enough. Unfortunately, these kids,
do not learn how to read, write or do math. Girls generally do not go to school, so you wouldn’t go either. You would stay home and be taught how to cook, sew and learn
how to run things in a family. Some boys are home schooled by either their mother, a teacher they have hired or a slave. When the boys are eleven or twelve, if they had
learned everything they possibly could in school, they will stop going to school. Only a few boys continue onto high school. (Source 1.4) Therefore, it is obvious that Ancient

Rome is not a desirable place to live because, when you grow up you will have to do all of the work and do whatever your husband says, and at the moment you will not be
able to go to school.
In ancient Rome, there are several different methods of punishments for the crimes committed. These punishments include: beheading, strangling in prison, throwing a
criminal from that part of the prison called Robur, throwing a criminal from Tarpeian rock, burying a person alive and throwing a criminal into the river. All of these
punishments result in death and are extremely painful. Since Nero has been in charge, the punishment for treason is, to be stripped naked and then be whipped until death.
The people in charge will also sometimes beat you up if you say something bad or act up. (Source 1.5) Additionally, the most common punishment in Ancient Rome is
crucifixion. This punishment is only for slaves, pirates, Christians and enemies of the state (so you would be able to have this punishment) , however, Roman citizens could
be given this punishment if they committed high treason. This punishment is a slow and painful way to die already, but now Nero has decided to light them up on fire and
use them as human torches. (Source 1.6) Once again you can see that Ancient Rome is not a desirable place to live because nearly all of the punishments resulted in death
and since you are a Christian, you could be crucified if you did something wrong.
Again, I must insist that you should not come to Ancient Rome, because it is by far not a desirable place to live. Its entertainment system is blood and power thirsty, its daily
life is man driven and you could not attend school and finally its punishment system is way too cruel. Therefore, Ancient Rome is definitely not a desirable place to live.
Yours sincerely, Vienna

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Final Written Response

Dear Cleopatra,
I am writing this letter to inform you that Rome is definitely not a desirable place for you to live for many reasons. The following things in Ancient Rome that makes it nondesirable are, the bloodthirsty entertainment, hardworking daily life and the gruelling punishment system. After reading all I am about to say, you will surely agree that
Ancient Rome is not a desirable place to live.
Firstly, Roman girls and women don’t participate in many activities. As discussed in source 1.1, most of the entertaining events are staged at the Colosseum. Nearly all of
these events result in death and destruction. The gladiators (who are prisoners or slaves) go into the Colosseum as a death sentence, to fight against animals. Nearly 50% of
the people who fight die in each show. Ancient roman women are allowed to go to the events, but have to sit separately to the men. Furthermore, Ancient Romans
particularly enjoy watching Chariot. As evident in source 1.2 Chariot racing is dangerous for the horse and the rider because they are regularly getting seriously injured and
some are even killed. The conflicts are becoming politicised because the sport has started to change the races and the society overall. Therefore, it is obvious that Ancient
Rome is not a desirable place to live because of its bloodthirsty and power thirsty entertainment system.
Another reason you should NOT move to Ancient Rome is, the father in the Ancient Roman family is in charge of the whole family. When you grow up you will be expected
to cook meals for the family and raise the children. As shown once again in source 1.3, you and your daughter will be the only people who have to work in the home.
Additionally, in ancient Rome school is not free, so the poorer children are not educated. Most Roman kids do not go to school, instead helping their parents in the fields.
Girls do not go to school at all. You would stay home and be taught how to cook and sew. As shown in source 1.4, either their mother or a teacher home schools some boys.
Therefore, it is obvious that Ancient Rome is not a desirable place to live because, when you grow up you will have to do all of the work, do whatever your husband says,
and at the moment you will not be able to go to school.
In ancient Rome, there are several different methods of punishments for the crimes committed including: beheading, strangling in prison, and throwing a criminal into the
river. All of these punishments result in death and are extremely painful and this is shown once again in source 1.5. Additionally, the most common punishment in Ancient
Rome is crucifixion. This punishment is only for slaves, pirates and Christians (so this would include you), however, Roman citizens could be given this punishment if they

committed high treason. This punishment is a slow and painful way to die already, but now you will also be lit up as human torches and this is evident in source 1.6. Once
again you can see that Ancient Rome is not a desirable place to live because nearly all of the punishments resulted in death and since you are a Christian, you could be
crucified if you did something wrong.
Again, I must insist that you should not come to Ancient Rome, because it is by far not a desirable place to live. Its entertainment system is blood and power thirsty, its daily
life is man driven and you could not attend school and finally its punishment system is way too cruel. Therefore, Ancient Rome is definitely not a desirable place to live.
Yours sincerely, Vienna