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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

How To Build a Roman Road (Viae)

"Omnes viae Romam ducunt."
It is true that the Romans were known for their road construction.
Here is a fun and tasty way to learn about this. You will need:
a 9 x 13 inch dish that you have greased with butter or Pam
1 2/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs mixed with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter
1 large package chocolate pudding, cooled and 1/2 package of chocolate chips stirred in
1 tub of whipped cream cheese with 1/3 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla stirred in
a bowl of whipped cream (we used whipping cream whipped with 1/3 cup powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice but Reddi-whip whipped cream would work fine.)
Social Tea Biscuits or another 1-layer, thin rectangular shaped cookies (homemade sugar would work fine.)

The Roman Roads were made with a layer of sand called Pavimentum on the bottom.
We laid the graham cracker crust on the bottom of the pan for this.

The next layer of the Roman road was called Statument, which was stone and mortar mixed together. Often they were 4-5 inch black stone.
We used the chocolate pudding with chocolate chips stirred in; the chips are the stones and the pudding is the mortar.

This is put on top of the graham cracker crust.

The next layer of the Roman road was called rudus, and was concrete.
This was sometimes laid in two layers.
We spooned on the cream cheese mixture for one of these layers and the whipped cream on top for the second layer.

On top of the Roman road was the summum dorsum, or the paving stones. These were very large slabs of stone laid as close together as possible.
We laid the Social Tea Biscuits for the paving stones.

Now you have a Roman road,
and dessert!

The roads in Rome were marked with milestones that told how far it was to the next city. They measured these miles by something called a "hodometer" which was a circle held by arms that let the circle move freely. There was a mark on a part of the circle, and there was a mark on the holding arms. The mark in the circle and in the holding arms were lined up and the hodometer was held against the road and allowed to roll. When the circle part rolled around full circle and the marks line up again, it made its measurement. To simulate this you can use a pizza cutter for your hodometer. How many cycles is your Roman road from one end to the other?
You can also do this version that the students make in their own individual cups. It is handier to make at co-ops and the like.

Another great Roman building project is this Aqueduct at Adventures in Homeschooling.
The Story of the Romans can be found here.
Another great book is Augustus Caesar's World
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  1. Wow, who would love making that. Great project.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. WAY too cool! I am so doing this when we study Rome next year.

  3. Cool...and yummy!!

  4. What a wonderful and tasty way to approach history! Will have to adapt that idea here.

  5. Aren't you clever!!

  6. We're doing world history this year, and flew by Rome - but we may have to go back just so we can make this dessert :)

  7. I wish I had seen this back when we studied Rome :) What a fun idea!

  8. We made this though I had to adapt it a bit based on things we could find here. Thank you for the inspiration. I am linking this to my blog.

    1. I will be interesting to me to see your adaptions. Thank you for the mention and I am glad that it was useful to you.

  9. where did you get most of your info from? I am doing this for a college class project!

    1. It is in many homeschooling books on the Romans and probably in Wikipedia. I am sure it won't be hard for you to find the information.

    2. It is in many homeschooling books on the Romans and probably in Wikipedia. I am sure it won't be hard for you to find the information.


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