Romans in Britain
The Romans built amphitheatres in most of their towns.

Romans in Britain

A major part of KS2 history is about the Roman Empire. This is the last of four quizzes on the subject and it looks in particular at Ancient Roman culture in Great Britain.

The Romans invaded and settled in Great Britain almost two thousand years ago, making the Celtic tribes who lived here a part of their vast Empire. The Ancient Romans referred to Britain as Britannia. But life in Britain got better for some of the people under Roman rule. The invaders introduced new developments to the country in agriculture, urbanisation, industry and architecture. There are still many Roman roads throughout the land today. They also brought with them many aspects of their culture such as their language and their religion. One of the main advantages of being a part of the Roman Empire was the defence it offered from other invaders like the Anglo-Saxons.

Take this quiz to find out what you know about the Ancient Romans in Britain and the effect they had on the culture here.

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  1. Who lived in Britain before the Romans?
    The Anglo-Saxons invaded after the Romans had left. The Vikings invaded two centuries later and the Normans, the last successful invaders, came here in 1066
  2. Who was the queen of the Iceni tribe that revolted against the Romans?
    Boudicca managed to burn London, Colchester and St Albans before being defeated by the Romans
  3. Who were the people trying to invade Roman Britain from the sea?
    The Saxons, together with the Angles and the Jutes, invaded after the Romans left Britain and founded the country of England
  4. Which was NOT built by Romans?
    Romans preferred to live in villas with central heating and baths
  5. When did the Romans leave Britain?
    In 410 the Britons asked the Roman Emperor for help to defend them from Anglo-Saxon invaders, but he refused
  6. What did the Romans call York?
    Eboracum is thought to mean "place of the yew trees". Jorvik is what the Vikings called York, Aquae Sulis was the Roman name for Bath and Londinium was London
  7. When did Claudius invade Britain?
    A triumphal arch was built in Rome to honour Claudius's invasion of Britain
  8. Who ordered the building of a wall between what is now England and Scotland?
    Some parts of the wall still stand today
  9. What was the name of the people living in what later became Scotland?
    Scotland is named after the Scotti, another Celtic tribe who invaded from Ireland
  10. Who was the first Roman to attempt to invade Britain in 55 BCE?
    Despite what many people think, Caesar was never Rome's Emperor - his adopted son Augustus was the first Roman Emperor

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