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Ancient Rome: Key Terms

Ancient Rome: Key Terms

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aqueduct
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manmade channel for delivering water to towns
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barbarians
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term Romans used to describe people outside of the empire
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circus
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large oval shaped stadium used for chariot races
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citizen
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freeborn men who had certain rights & privileges, including the right to vote
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dynasty
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when a family passes down power from generation to generation
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forum
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area of town where government meetings, speeches, and business occurred
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gladiator
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person who fought (sometimes to death) for the entertainment of Romans
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orator
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a talented public speaker
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patrician
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a member of the elite land-owning families
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plebeian
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a common person not of the patrician class
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praetor
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a high ranking official of the government
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senate
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group of prestigious men who advised government officials
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toga
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long, white robe worn by citizens
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