Understanding Roman History Through Art


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What is verism?

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1. Why did portrait styles change under Hadrian?

2. What powerful new social force resulted in a major style change away from Classical art?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you understand how the Roman civilization used art forms to record and present its history as they wished it to be seen by future generations. You'll review what you've learned about how idealistic and realistic depictions of people and events changed with the succession of rulers and how they saw themselves and their society.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The nature and use of verism in art
  • Why portraiture styles might change
  • The purpose of triumphal columns
  • Social forces effecting stylistic changes in Roman art
  • The scene featured in the narrative relief in the Arch of Titus

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - pull the most important information from the related article on Roman history through art
  • Making connections - use the understanding of the concept of studying Roman history through art
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how events and people effected changes in art and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as idealism and verism

Additional Learning

To learn more about Roman history through art, review the accompanying lesson, which covers the following objectives:

  • Ascertain how art can relate various aspects of a civilization's history
  • Learn why different art styles fall in and out of favor
  • Determine how Greek and Christian social forces affected Roman art
  • Explain how epic and pivotal events in Roman history are depicted
  • Find out how art can help shape how we see Roman society at a particular time