Pieces of the Past

November 29, 2019
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: G. DAGLI ORTI—DEA/GETTY IMAGES; THEASIS/GETTY IMAGES; G. DAGLI ORTI—DEA/GETTY IMAGES; ROBERTO MACHADO NOA—GETTY IMAGES

What was life like in ancient Rome? In many ways, it was like our life today. We can tell from the objects that have survived. Take a look at these everyday items. They were discovered by archaeologists. What do they tell you?

G. DAGLI ORTI/DEA—GETTY IMAGES

People in ancient Rome played games. They used dice like these. Sometimes, people rolled the dice to settle an argument. These dice are made of ivory.

THEASIS/GETTY IMAGES

Romans shopped at markets. They paid for things using metal coins. Some coins showed the emperor’s face. Others showed an important monument.

G. DAGLI ORTI/DEA—GETTY IMAGES

How did the children of ancient Rome do their homework? They wrote on waxed tablets, using a Stylus. The flat end of the stylus was used to rub out mistakes.

ROBERTO MACHADO NOA—GETTY IMAGES

Romans buried the ashes of the dead in urns. This urn is made of marble. Often, a scene was carved on an urn. Some scenes show daily life. Others tell a well-known story.