"The Roman Empire" is a resource for Key Stage 3 teaching and learning about the issues and events that characterize the history of the Roman peoples and their world. It never lets go of the period's story providing innovative and exciting opportunities to examine the big picture and investigate particular topics. Did you know that archaeologists have found ancient huts on the Palatine Hill in Rome, right where legends claim Romulus founded the city; that the government paid for free corn to be given to all citizens in Rome to make bread; or that the fine sand used on the floor of the Colosseum to soak up the blood of gladiators came from Egypt?
John D Clare is deputy headteacher at Greenfields Comprehensive School, Newton Aycliffe. He is an experienced author and local councillor for the town.