This script introduces life in ancient Rome for elementary school students. Students will learn about Roman daily life, including family life, education, entertainment, and Roman achievements, such as advancements in government, infrastructure, and the Latin language.
The script includes interactive components to keep students engaged, though teachers should adapt it as needed for their particular classes. By studying the Romans, students can understand the origins of many aspects of modern society and the lasting influence of the Roman Empire on Western civilization.
Related: For more, check out our Class Assembly Script on WWI here.
Title: The Mighty Romans: Conquerors of the Past
- Roman Soldiers
- Julius Caesar
- Roman Citizens
- Roman Senators
- Roman Slaves
- Roman Women
- Roman Engineers
- Roman Builders
- Roman Merchants
Act One: Introduction
(Stage dark, spotlights turn on when the curtains open, Roman music plays in the background, the narrator enters)
Narrator: Good morning, parents, teachers and fellow students. Today, the Year 4s will present their assembly on one of the most powerful and fascinating empires of all time – the Romans! Please give them a warm welcome!
(The Roman soldiers enter the stage, followed by Julius Caesar and a group of Roman Senators.)
Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, the Roman army, ready to conquer and expand the might of the great Roman Empire.
Julius Caesar: Greetings, everyone! I’m Julius Caesar, the Roman general, and Emperor who led the Roman Empire to victory. We conquered many lands and peoples, and one of them was Great Britain. And here with me, are some of the people who helped make Rome great, the Roman Senators.
Roman Senators: (bow)
Act Two: The Roman Invasion
Britons: (offstage) We will not surrender to the Romans. We shall defend our country!
Narrator: Let us see how the battle between the Roman army and the Britons went.
(Roman soldiers and Britons emerge on stage with ready weapons (daggers, swords, shields).)
Julius Caesar: Romans, attack!
Roman soldiers: (battle cry as the battle begins)
Narrator: The battle was intense, and the Romans emerged victorious.
Britons: We surrender!
Julius Caesar: Good choice, Britons. Now, you live under the rule of the mighty Roman Empire.
Act Three: The Roman Way of Life
Roman Citizen 1: Good morning, fellow citizens. Have you noticed how the Romans have changed our world for the better?
Roman Citizen 2: Yes, they brought us straight roads, architecture, and created better living conditions.
Narrator: The Romans left a significant cultural impact on Britain that still exists today. Let us see how they achieved that.
Roman Citizen 3: The Romans were great builders and engineers. They built roads that connected different cities in their empire and helped with transportation.
Roman Builder 1: The Romans were also skilled builders. We constructed buildings like the Colosseum and other famous structures that amazed people with their architecture and design.
Roman Engineer 1: The Romans also built great aqueducts and sewer systems that helped with water flow and sanitation in cities.
Roman Citizen 4: Let us not forget the Roman Baths – they were places for relaxation, socializing, and staying clean.
(Roman Citizens and Roman Bath attendants enter the stage)
Roman Citizen 4: The Roman Baths were places of great luxury and relaxation for everyone, not just the wealthy. People could bathe, exercise, and socialize at the Baths.
Roman Bath Attendant 1: And we, the attendants, would guide people through the different rooms, such as the changing room, the cold room, the warm room, and the hot room, and show them how to use the other facilities.
Act Four: Roman Society
Narrator: The Romans also had a social hierarchy and certain roles for different people in their society.
Roman Women: As women, we were expected to stay at home and take care of the household, raise children, and look after our husbands.
Roman Slaves: As slaves, we did all the hard labour and served our Roman masters. We had no rights and were treated as the property of our owners.
Roman Soldiers: As soldiers, we defended the empire and expanded its territory through conquests and battles. We were highly disciplined and trained in combat skills and warfare tactics.
Roman Senators: As senators, we advised and assisted the emperor in governing the empire. We came from wealthy, influential families and had significant political power.
Narrator: And that concludes our assembly on the Roman Empire. Thank you for your attention, and please give another warm round of applause for our Year 4 students!
(All the actors line up on stage for a bow as the curtains close and the spotlights turn off.)
Act Five: Trade and Commerce
Roman Merchant 1: Greetings, everyone! I am a Roman merchant and would like to talk to you about trade and commerce in Ancient Rome.
Julius Caesar: Please, go ahead!
Roman Merchant 1: The Romans were great traders, and we took goods like wine, olive oil, spices, and silk from all over the world and brought them to Rome.
Roman Merchant 2: In return, we exported items like ceramics, pottery, jewellery, and coins. Our empire was so vast that some goods originating in India or China would end up in Rome!
Roman Merchant 3: We also had well-developed banking systems that allowed us to transfer money from one place to another. This helped expand the economy and enabled us to trade more efficiently with our neighbouring countries.
Act Six: Conclusion and Q&A
Narrator: And that concludes our presentation on the Roman Empire. We hope you have enjoyed our assembly and learned about various aspects of Roman life.
Julius Caesar: Thank you for your attention. Remember, the Romans brought civilization to the world and created a legacy that lasts for many years.
Narrator: Now, we will take questions from the audience.
(Students, teachers, and parents ask questions, and Julius Caesar, Roman Citizens, Roman Senators, Roman Women, Roman Slaves, Roman Merchants, Roman Engineers, and Roman Builders answer them.)
Narrator: Thank you again for joining us. We hope you’ve learned a lot today and appreciate the legacy that the Roman Empire left behind.