The aims of the site
site was designed for young Latinists
current third form program - third form is equivalent to Britain's
fourth form and America's eighth grade).
is not easy for these pupils to tackle the subject of Roman political
life, especially if we wish to heighten their awareness regarding the
ideological aspect of a political program. The subject can appear to
be extremely dull
The pages presented aim to acquaint pupils with
the ideology implemented by Augustus, and to establish a relationship
between the layout of the town and the political agenda, and to
render this subject as accessible as possible : it is interesting
to show them that political ideas can be physically engraved into the
city's walls, and that monuments, and in a broader way decorative arts,
are representative of the image which the empire wishes to convey of
site includes documents relevant to the context of the construction
of the Ara Pacis :
- historical context, described through the
character of Augustus,
- geographical context : how does
the monument fit into the city ?
pages provide simple information, which pupils can consult in an autonomous
animated logo in the form of a green laurel wreath (with
altering shades of green) signposts activities throughout
site associates the analysis of images and Latin texts
which complement the analysis of various parts of the monument, and
even complementary images.
Summary of the activities :
website offers also some interactive tests on :
- the lexicon
of ornamental motifs
- the analysis of the scene depicting Aeneas
making a sacrifice on the Lavinium site
- the vocabulary
necessary to read an extract of Ovid's Fasti : "Augustus,
a new Romulus"
- a collection
images in this site, unless specified to the contrary, were photographed
and scanned by the site authors
or contributed by their friends ;
they are freely available to anyone who wishes to use them in a
non-commercial educational environment ; however, if you wish
to use them for internet publication - in a non-commercial educational
framework -, please notify us and specify their source with a link
to the source page.
Ouvrard' program : Collatinus,
is used to draw up the vocabulary of texts. This program is free
Interactive tests are made with Hot
Potatoes, a program free on charge for
members of the university of Caen's MRSH (Department of Human
Science Research), who kindly authorized us to reproduce the virtual
images which they created.
René Lefèvre, Plastic arts teacher, for his illustrations.
The Latinist pupils of collège Beaulieu, in Joué-les-Tours,
who typed up several texts and contributed to the composition
of questionnaires in collaboration with their teacher, Jean-Paul