Roman Map Workbook, A
By Elizabeth Heimbach
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A Roman Map Workbook meets the needs of today’s students and introduces them to the geography of Rome and the Roman world. Veteran high school and college Latin teacher Elizabeth Heimbach provides students, especially those studying Latin, with a thorough grounding in the geography of the Roman world. The workbook walks students through each map, discussing the importance of each place-name, making connections to Roman history and literature. The carefully chosen maps complement subjects and periods covered in the Latin and ancient history classroom.
A Teacher’s Guide with companion website available.
- Italy, Roman World (2), Roman Roads (2): Italy, Roman Empire, Rome: Seven Hills Schematic, Rome: Districts and Landmarks, Rome: Forum Romanum, Bay of Naples, City of Pompeii, Roman History (3): Conquest of Italy, Punic Wars, Roman Empire under Trajan, Greece, Athens, Gaul, Roman Britain, “Journey of Odysseus,” “Journey of Aeneas,” Ancient Latin Writers, Later Latin Writers
- Narrative explication for each map, noting the historical and literary significance of place-names
- Map-based activities and exercises, including work with blank maps
- Three sets of certamen questions
- List of English place-names by chapter for all Latin place-names found on maps
- Exercises printed from the student text and accompanied by answers
- Teaching tips
- Suggestions for mini-research projects
- Link to access electronic copies of maps with place-names, blank maps, jigsaw maps, and crossword puzzles
Click here for a correlation of A Roman Map Workbook with Latin for the New Millennium, Levels 1 and 2.
Elizabeth Heimbach is the author of Latin Everywhere, Everyday (2004). Her research interests include the Vesuvian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the archeological sites of Arbeia and Bignor in England. She earned a BA in Latin from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in classics from the Ohio State University. She taught high school Latin for more than thirty years and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Comments and Reviews
A Roman Map Workbook by Elizabeth Heimbach offers students a broad and exciting overview of the ancient Roman world. An exploration of maps takes students first into the city of Rome, and then allows students to follow the expansion of the Roman Empire. The thirteen chapters of the book can easily supplement both a middle school and high school Latin curriculum, while also providing excellent background material for discussions in the school’s history curriculum.
Each chapter begins with a short essay about that chapter’s map. Written in delightfully clear English prose, these introductions are filled with Latin vocabulary, and, of course, many place names. Students are invited into the culture and politics of the ancient world via readings that are just long enough to whet the student’s appetite to learn more, but not so long as to be dismissed by those students in a hurry to get right into the map. Chock full of historical, geographical, and cultural facts, along with several allusions to classical myths, every chapter serves to capture the reader’s interest. The introductory essays also give students clear guidance about how each map firs into a larger, more global picture.
The maps themselves are accurate and contain just the right amount of detail to help students understand the ancient Roman world in a visual way. They have been produced in grayscale, making them suitable for student writing, erasing, and highlighting. Teachers will notice that many of the maps have been presented in two versions: one that includes the place names, and an unmarked copy for students to fill in on their own; this feature offers great pedagogical value. Hopefully, a later edition of the book will include blank versions of the remaining maps.
Once students have read a chapter’s preliminary remarks and have had a chance to view the map, then the more intense aspect of this workbook begins. Students are asked to locate places and geographical features on the maps and to give the Latin equivalent of modern names, and they are invited to do further research in the Ire ulterius section of the chapter. For classes with an oral component, every chapter includes questions that invite students to Responde breviter Latine. English translations of the questions appear at the end of the chapter. There are suggested projects related to the chapter’s topics, and, in some of the chapters, students will be pleased to discover several questions for the game Certamen.
In the beginning Latin class, students can use this book to locate Rome in the ancient world, and make comparisons to the political outlines of the region today. Such lessons are full of “reachable moments,” those opportunities to make connections to other areas of our students’ lives, including information about basic geography, such as the Cardinal directions. In later years, as they advance through their Latin courses, students will enjoy the workbook activities on Pompeii, Roman Roads, Greece, Gaul, and Roman Britain, all just as filled with connections for students and their teachers to explore. Students planning to study Advanced Placement Latin will find that A Roman Map Workbook supports the AP expectation that students discuss the “historical, social, cultural, and political context of Vergil’s Aeneid.” Several chapters contain maps and information relevant both to the current exam (Vergil) and the revised AP syllabus (Vergil and Caesar). Beyond AP, teachers of advanced Latin courses will appreciate the opportunity to find the homes of classical Latin authors, including Propertius, Cicero, Tacitus, and Martial, as well as authors of later Latin, including More, Leeuwenhoek, Kepler, Erasmus, and Copernicus. Thus, the final chapters of the workbook extend to students what may be their first-ever indication of the broad expanse (temporal and global) of Latin literature.
Teachers of Latin will find this book to be a useful and practical addition to their supplementary classroom materials. Discussion of the maps and activities will be a valuable use of cross-disciplinary planning time between Latin and Social Studies teachers. A Roman Map Workbook is an enticing look at the physical and cultural world of Latin speakers.
— Laura Higley
Pequannock Township High School/Pequannock Valley Middle School
Volume 88, Number 2 The Classical Outlook
A Roman Map Workbook is a consumable geography study guide,
designed to help students learn more about the geography of the Roman
world. Pages offer twenty maps of the ancient Roman world, with text
elucidating each map; suggested activities and exercises (including work
with blank maps) to help impress and familiarize oneself with the
information; recommendations for further exploration and mini-research
projects, and more. A useful self-teaching tool for history students, or
anyone seeking to better understand the world in which the ancient
Romans lived, highly recommended.
— James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
Just ordered this workbook for all my levels of (high school) Latin class and LOVE it! I have required my students for years to buy this author's Latin Everywhere, Everyday, her workbook on common Latin phrases, mottoes, and abbreviations, so I was very eager to see this new publication from her. Like with her phrases workbook, I think Heimbach does an excellent job covering the basics every student of the classics should know.
In fact, with this map workbook, I think she does a BETTER job than I do covering the topic. For sixteen years of high school level teaching I have been handing out maps (of Italy, of the empire, of the city of Rome/Pompeii, etc.) and attempting to have my students put much of our historical and cultural information in perspective through geography. This will now do the job for me! I can't wait.
A very useful aspect of this workbook is that it does not stop with mere maps. Chapters include an introduction to the area covered, questions for students to answer (in both Latin and English), blank maps for practice, ideas for projects, and even certamen-style questions for class competitions. A teacher's guide will be coming out as well.
— Ann Renzy Maclean