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Video Information and Comprehension Questions

Gladiators: Rome's Violent Past

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.

Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • Think about the nature and purpose of ancient Rome's gladiator events. As you watch the program, note the numbers of people and animals involved in the brutal contests.
  • Think about why the Roman government saw it necessary to sponsor such spectacles on a large scale. Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • The Romans considered it their mission to control the barbarians and the wilderness. Analyze how cultures have tried to control and civilize neighboring cultures. Explain your answers.
Suggested activity
Compare the gladiator games of ancient Rome to modern sporting events. Write an essay that analyzes the similarities and differences.