Site URL: Archeoroma.Beniculturali.it/en
Content: The online home of the Museo Nazionale Romano, or the National Museum of Rome, hosts a wealth of information on ancient Roman civilization as well as vivid descriptions of Roman art and archeological artifacts.
Design: There is a decided lack of information regarding donations or memberships, which is both rare and welcome. Instead, the site gets right to business providing links on the most recent exhibitions.
A core of five block-style links form a primary navigation and direct users to areas dedicated to The Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Ancient Osita, the Baths of Caracalla and the Ancient Appian Way. A news box appears adjacent to the exhibition area and provides information on museum events and background on museum holdings.
Review: While there may not be any materials here designed specifically for the classroom, the site definitely is worthy of student use. Given the importance of the Roman Empire in many history curriculums, the Museo Nazionale Romano is as good a first stop as any site on the Internet.
Not only can students see actual Roman artifacts and read about their place in the empire, but they can learn about a particular culture directly from its members.
Bottom Line: The Museo Nazionale Romano’s site would enhance any classroom lesson on the Roman Empire.