Year 7 – The Ancient World

Ancient Egyptian manBackground

At Living History Australia we believe that history comes alive for children when they are presented with a past with which they can interact; with its sights, sounds and feel.  For this reason, every two hour LHA presentation is delivered from a stage set up complete with hundreds of artefacts from the period we are presenting.

Every presentation includes characters from the past that the students can interact with. Students are also invited from the audience to dress in period clothes and learn first-hand what it was like for them to live in that time. Towards the end of every performance all students are invited to explore the stage and handle the artefacts and ask individual questions of the presenters regarding both the artefacts and any aspect of the presentation.

For those who book an activity day, the presentation continues for the remainder of the day with students learning and partaking in an array of period dancing, games and pastimes (contact the LHA office for a list of current activities).

Characters & Presentation Topics

Ancient RomanAn Egyptian Priestess will learn her role in the temple of Bastet, but not before coming to understand her place as a young woman in Egyptian society first. Learning how to run a household, haggle in the markets, and appreciate how pivotal religion was in living a happy and prosperous life leads her to a clearer understanding of how she herself can serve the gods at the Temple of Bastet. A young farm boy will be called upon to defend the princes of Egypt from the incursions of the Hyksos, and will fight to re-install a true Egyptian pharaoh.  Understanding how Egyptians interacted with their neighbours, what they thought about change and how they developed a standing army will be vital for the boy to come to terms with his future in the bodyguard of the Pharaoh.

The son of a Chinese land owner during the Han Dynasty will be called on to provide labour for the Emperor and will discover the remarkable power of the Han Emperors as he redirects rivers to defend his province from the marauding Hsiung-nu. Later, when called to the court of a provincial governor, the young man will discover a world of remarkable luxury and wonders as he is elevated to the post of Junior Officer in the Han army, a position of great authority and prestige, but where one miss-step could bring all you hold dear crashing to the ground.

We will follow the childhood of a Spartan youth, as he is tested repeatedly on his path to becoming a full Spartan citizen. Discussions on the importance of ancient citizenship will reveal why young boys were willing to be put through the hellish Agoge and face the dangers of numerous trials before the age of 16. Once citizenship is obtained, the now full Spartan must face the responsibilities of being a man: life as a warrior, state expectations, and most mysterious of all, the Spartan Woman and the terrifying prospect of marriage.

Students will be taken on a tour of Rome under the Flavian Emperors, and will come to understand the dangers and inequalities in the world’s greatest city. Following a recently enslaved girl from beyond the Danube, the students will witness the rise of a future star of the arena, as the once captive is trained to fight as a gladiatrix for the amusement of Rome. Meanwhile on the boarders of the Empire, a Legionary will face hordes of barbarous German tribesmen, and reveal the genius of the Roman military complex, wading through mud, blood and gore to maintain the glory of Rome. Finally we will examine the men behind the Emperor, as a Senator manipulates those who seek his aid to increase his prestige and unscrupulously achieve his political ends. Students will see how the client-patron system of Rome could be used to great effect by the wealthy elite.

Our presentation come in two formats – a 2hr Performance and a Full Activity Day.

Cost

A 2hr Performance is $12 (GST exempt) per student and the Full Activity Day is $17 (GST exempt) per student. Minimum fees apply see below.

Greater Brisbane Area:

Minimum fee equal to 60 students

Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba:

Minimum fee equal to 80 students

Sydney (on Tour) and outside South East Queensland by application:

Minimum fee equal to 100 students

Other Information

We recognise that every school has different start, break and finish times. We also recognise that each school delivers their curriculum with different focuses and emphases. Living History Australia’s presentations and activity days are flexible and can accommodate your school’s timetable. We also encourage you, when booking, to share with us what you are covering in class and the areas you would like us to focus upon.