The Romans had a range of leisure pursuits, from watching gladiatorial fights to playing dice games. In southern parts of Britain, the remains of Roman amphitheatres have been found. These were sometimes used to hold gladiator fights. The Romans in Caledonia probably had smaller amphitheatres in some of their larger forts. Evidence suggests hunting was a popular leisure pursuit, as were board games.

First broadcast:
14 November 2008

Using the clip as a stimulus, children could write a diary entry as a day in the life of a Roman soldier on their day of rest. They could consider what activities they would do to relax and how these are similar and different to our own. This clip is useful to further pupils' own research into the Romans.