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This afternoon we are going to start by listening to some Roman Army chants.

These were marching songs that the Roman soldiers would have chanted when they were heading into battle.

The language that they spoke in was Latin.

Watch the video and listen carefully to the chanting, see if you can chant along to some of the words on the screen.

Legio Aeterna Victrix - Roman march. Lyrics.

Now we are going to listen to a fantastic piece of music from the movie 'Gladiator' (your mum and dad might have seen this film - it is one of Mrs Lambert's favourite films). The music is called 'The Battle' and it was written by a composer called Hans Zimmer.

It would be good for you to use earphones so that you can listen properly. Close your eyes to concentrate on the music. It is about 10 minutes long.


While you are listening to it I want you to imagine being a Roman soldier going in to battle for the first time.

I want you to think about your senses: What can you see? What can you smell? What can you hear? How do you feel?

At what point in the music do you think the battle is starting? When is the battle at its worst? And when do you think the battle is over?

Do you think the composer understood what a Roman battle was like? Did you enjoy the music?

Complete the worksheet below.

Gladiator Soundtrack- The Battle

Gladiator Soundtrack- The Battle Hans Zimmer