Watch this animated taster that judges how impressive the Roman emperors were in their influence on British History. From Julius Caesar to Caligula, from Nero to Hadrian, did the Roman Empire affect the Britain we know today? Who led the Britons against the Romans? Why did Claudius ride an elephant through Colchester? Find out a few of the quirky events from the Roman age of British history.

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Children could write character profiles for the discussed emperors – what are they famous for? They could also be asked to produce a timeline for the emperors of Rome and write a description of what it could have been like to see Claudius ride through the streets of Colchester on an elephant. Teachers could start a topic with a visit to a living history site (eg Chester) or a Roman Soldier visitor or theatre group who could come to school.