Ancient History -
1. CSI The Body in the Ice
2. Thera and Santorini -articles,documents and sites
3. Ancient Greek Drama- documents and sites
4. The City of Rome- syllabus topics
5. Treasure Chest of Videos and DVD's

Year 11 Course for terms I ,II and III

Archaeology - a study of using evidence

1. "Ancient Human Remains"

See for

Body in the Ice

Scenario, Task, Process ,Outcomes, Resources

In September 1991, two hikers made a sensational discovery- a frozen body high in the mountains , near the border between Austria and Italy. The body was named OETZI

You are a member of the forensic team examining the mysterious ' Body in the Ice '.
Your job, should you wish to accept it, is to examine all the evidence, including not only the body but clothing, and any possessions found with the body.
You must also investigate where the body was found.
Your task is to report your findings on the identity of the body, the nature and cause of death.
Your report will be presented to the Archaeological Society in a speech, accompanied by Power point

2. Case Studies Thera
fisherman fresco

A very detailed look at volcanoes is at

an article by Tom Slattery is a good introduction to the whole story of Thera and the Atlantis myth .

from Volcano, Atlantis Doumas, Christos.
Thera: Pompeii of the ancient Aegean. Thames & Hudson 1984. is also helpful in an easy style.

dolphin fresco
is worth checking out ,even if it has a biblical axe to grind.

harbour fresco

For a slightly difficult overview of the impact of Thera on the demise of Crete see

has a comprehensive look at modern Santorini and ancient Thera

If you want an easy guide see . This has lots of interesting sites to check out

A useful study of the frescoes is at and an exercise is at

which is at Thera Foundation

3. Greek Drama
Drama scene on pottery

there are a few articles to help you here:

For a basic definition of Greek Drama terms see

A brief article and list of sources is at

Background to the Ninja Turtles of Greek Drama see

EURIPIDES "with all his faults the most tragic of the poets," said Aristotle,
see whole article at


The First Dramatist from The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton full article at

If you want a good laugh you can't beat "Aristophanes and the Old Comedy"-
( sounds like an old Vaudeville act)

From The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton

and at

An excellent worksheet and written assignment on the Knights is found at

Even though this is difficult it's worth seeing a list of sources at

Heaps of sites,a comprehensive timeline ,and details of the practical aspect of "putting on a show" see
Also heaps of theatre sites and a list of authors. Pretty heavy going

For a list of sites see
Scene from Drama

For a much simpler view see

For a revision of terms see the spreadsheet at
On sheet 1 are the correct terms but if you want to test yourself start on sheet 2 for a mixed up exercise .
A series of questions that were the ones used in the "official Quiz" see

4. The City of Rome in the Early Empire

  • The Geographic features :rivers,hills and marshes
    Locate Roman provinces and Rome on a map of the region in the Later Republican period.
    Provinces of the Empire and report on the strategic importance and economic wealth of each province. As a class, create a mind-map of the importance of the Empire to Rome.
    Overview of the city of Rome: students locate and mark on map of Rome the major landmarks – Tiber, hills of Rome, Forum, Campus Martius, Palatine, Capitol, Subura. What were the advantages of the location of Rome?
    On an enlarged, more detailed map, mark in the major public buildings of the Forum, the Via Sacra, residential areas, gates and water systems.
    mythology of Rome’s foundations, leading to a discussion of possible historical elements within the myths.
  • Students to research one myth of early Rome and report orally on the myth and possible historical interpretations of the myth.
    Brief historical overview provided of Rome and completion of timeline to the time of Augustus, showing major events such as the Samnite Wars, Punic Wars, the Gracchi, Social Wars, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Crassus, Caesar, Augustus.

    · the water system, drains: Cloaca Maxima
    · the Forum Romanum: the Via Sacra (road)
    · the Regia, Temple of Vesta, the Curia, Temple of Saturn, Basilica Aemilia, Basilica Julia, the Rostra, the Tabularium, the Comitium: main features and purposes of the buildings
    · activities in the Forum: politics, administration, religion, courts, theatre, gladiatorial displays, triumphs, speeches, funerals
    · the area of the Campus Martius: buildings: Circus Flaminius, Villa Publica, Altar of Mars; Pompey’s theatre, military training ground
    · the Circus Maximus: main features and uses

To help with an introduction (or re-introduction ) here is a junior exercise based on information in TimeTravellers :The City of Rome -activities,buidings and resources

For a list of words that you need to be familiar with see and a mixed up list of definitions in the answers are on. Swap the cells around until they make sense.

This is the worksheet on the Colosseum -from text "Unlocking the Past"

5. Treasure Chest

My video and DVD collection includes:

  • "Rome -Rise of an Empire-The First Barbarian War" -Video
    Ask nicely and I'll let you borrow it
  • "Doomsday Volcano- Thera" Video- National Geographic Channel 10/6/08

  • "The Volcano that Blew the world Away" DVD from School Library

  • "Mysteries of Mankind-Early Hominids" National Geographic Channel and
  • "Meet the Ancestors -Roman Britain" History Channel - on same Video

  • "Nero " History Channel Video

  • "Roman Republic"History Channel Video 29/5/00

  • "The Roman Army" -History Channel Video

  • "Gladiator :Roman Blood Sport" Discovery Channel Video 25/1/01