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Chapter 14 Lesson 3: Daily Life in Ancient Rome (pp. 440-446)

I. Rich and Poor

II. Family Life in the Empire

    A. In the later days of the empire, women gained more power, and laws prevented fathers from selling their children or forcing marriages.

    B. Wealthier families sent their children and even household slaves to school until age 15, after which only boys continued their education.

    C. Professional people -- such as engineers -- learned through apprenticeships, not formal education.

III. Benefits of Life in Rome
    A. The Roman government gave free wheat, and sometimes money, to citizens.

    B. There was a plentiful supply of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

    C. The emperor provided circuses and games.

IV. Religious Practices
    A. The Romans worshipped many gods, some of which were state gods, while others were gods of the household.

    B. The Roman religion was based on rituals, especially the sacrifice of animals.

    C. For the most part, Romans were tolerant of other religions in the Empire.

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