Roman Concrete Construction: Development & Uses


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Which of these was not part of the recipe for Roman concrete, or opus caementicium?

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1. What was the advantage of concrete as a building material?

2. Why do we call the period of Roman engineering the 'Concrete Revolution'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study tools are a quick and easy way to see how much you know about the use of concrete as a building material in Rome. Key topics include the advantages of using concrete and the types of structures the Romans used concrete to build.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Materials used in making Roman concrete
  • Advantages of using concrete in building
  • Why the period of Roman engineering is called the Concrete Revolution
  • Roman structures built with concrete
  • What makes the Pantheon unique

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Roman buildings in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the unique features of Roman concrete
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Roman's use of concrete in construction

Additional Learning

Take a look at the lesson entitled Roman Concrete Construction: Development & Uses to learn more about this aspect of Roman engineering. In addition to the concepts covered in the quiz, this lesson can be used to:

  • Identify why concrete was significant in Roman construction projects
  • Discuss the development of concrete
  • Recognize the distinctive features of Roman concrete
  • Name the Roman uses of concrete
  • Learn about Roman aqueducts