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How to Build a Roman Coliseum as a School Project

Updated July 20, 2017

History projects provide ample opportunities for students to take a simple lesson and apply a constructive project. If you want to build a Roman coliseum, you should prepare in advance what your model will look like, consider your budget and set a schedule of completion so your model can look its best. The level of detail you to give you model will determine the amount of effort necessary to construct your Roman coliseum.

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  1. Research your model. Don't work from memory of what you think a coliseum looks like. Find a model you can work from. Try to find a model that includes different aspects of a Roman coliseum with interior, exterior and aerial views.

  2. Consider negative space. Since building a coliseum can be a big task, you want to consider it from different viewpoints. The negative space is the area where there is no material. For constructing models, negative space is as important as positive space.

  3. Look for the different aspects that make up a coliseum, such as arches, columns, entrances, seating and exits. Plan how detailed you will make your model.

  4. Choose a medium. This is the most exciting part of the project. Whether you work with clay, paper mâché, Popsicle sticks, mud or cardboard, you can sculpt your coliseum into a tiny replica.

  5. Take your time. You will want to work on your projects in time increments and by section. Be creative. Add figures like people or animals. Make the coliseum as realistic as you can, but make it your own with your personal touches.

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About the Author

Lorraine Ramirez received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M International University. While teaching English at the secondary level, she writes education articles that deal with the joys and pains of teaching and uses her experiences in the classroom as her primary source of inspiration and reflection.

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