Gladiators in Ancient Rome Primary Source

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
3 pages
Share this resource
Includes Google Apps™
The Teacher-Author indicated this resource includes assets from Google Workspace (e.g. docs, slides, etc.).


This excellent primary source activity for Ancient Rome includes an excerpt from Seneca the Younger on gladiators and entertainment in Ancient Rome. Both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity are included in this one download!

The primary source is a brief excerpt describing the brutality of the gladiators and entertainment that took place in the Roman Colosseum. It is a great opportunity to allow your students to read an early primary source for world history of what took place in Rome.

Following the reading is a set of analysis questions for students to reflect on what they read. An answer key for these questions is provided for your convenience. Additionally, if you use the Google Docs version, the questions can be edited to fit your students needs.

You can also download this primary source activity as part of the Ancient Rome Complete Unit Bundle.

Thanks so much for checking it out!

If you can, please take a moment to "Like" my page on Facebook for updates, giveaways, links and more! Thanks!

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up