Mapping the Empire Activity

1. Map of the Roman Empire as it appeared in 44BC  after the death of Caesar. Using a current world map, discuss which countries made up the empire at this time

2. Using the map of the Roman Empire  Expansion from 44BC until 116AD. Make estimates about how much the empire grew in size during this time period and discuss these estimates by analyzing the maps with your group.

3. Go to the Timeline on The Roman Empire in the First Century web site. Use the timeline along with other features on the site:

Use the Related Resources  to work in pairs to discover when various countries/territories were added to the empire.

Record this information on the Mapping an Empire Note Taking Sheet [Download PDF here 158k)].

 

4. Using information gathered from the Mapping an Empire Note Taking Sheets as well as

what was learned from the class discussion that followed, you will be working with your

partner to construct a map that shows the expansion of the Roman Empire between 44

BC and 116 AD.

 

The map should include the following elements:

 

Using the color coded key:

Once you have created the outline of your map and placed labels on all of the countries, you will need to carefully shade in all areas that represent the Roman

Empire at the time of Caesarís death in 44 BC using the color assigned on the legend.

Once you have created the outline of your map and placed labels on all of the countries, you will need to carefully shade in all areas that represent the Roman

Empire at the time of Caesarís death in 44 BC using the color assigned on the legend.

Using the colors that correspond with each emperor, shade in the countries/territories acquired by the Roman Empire during each emperorís reign. Be sure to label the name of each country or territory and the year it became part of the Roman Empire on the map.

How you will be evaluated:

Accuracy: all elements of the map need to be historically accurate and match the color codes in the legend of the map.

 

Completion: all elements described above are included on the map (title, labels, legend).

 

Neatness: we can read the content of the map clearly and the work is of high quality (e.g., shading remains inside proper borders, there are no scratch-outs, labels are clearly visible through shading and letters are formed clearly.)

 

Spelling and capitalization: there are not misspellings and all dates, labels, and legends are written according to the rules of capitalization.

 

Analysis of your map: based on your map, you will be asked to analyze its content and answer a series of response questions in writing. You will be graded individually for this portion of the assignment. You will use your map and the answers to the response questions during the final class discussion, so you should be prepared to discuss your map and your answers with your classmates.

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