TEACHERS: Want the podcast?

Learn More
What can the us learn from ancient rome

Image licensed under CC BY 2.0

Social Studies Middle School

What can the United States Learn from Ancient Rome?

America’s Founders borrowed from the ancient Roman Republic when they created the U.S. Government. The Senate, separation of powers, and checks and balances all came from the Romans. The Founders hoped that America would one day be as strong as the great Roman Republic had been. But every empire rises and then falls, and the author interviewed in this audio story says that Americans today can learn a lot about where the United States may be heading by studying the fall of Rome.

Ancient Civilization World History I Ancient Rome Civics/Government Government structures

Story Length: 7:19

Listen to the Story:


National Public Radio © 2006 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 11/22/2006

Want to hear the story and see the teaching resources?

  • Access to full library of lessons
  • Daily current events
  • Listening comprehension questions
  • Graphic Organizers
Learn More


Related Lessons