Talk to your kids about…
Hadrian’s Wall is a real landmark built by the Romans that can still be seen in Britain today. (Although the reason for its construction may not match the explanation given in the movie!) Click here to learn more about this amazing historical site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian’s_Wall
Marcus sees the Eagle as a symbol of Roman honor and achievement. What does it represent to Esca? How do their different circumstances change the way they perceive its meaning?
One of the characters questions why Rome came to the sparsely populated, barren lands in Northern Britain in the first place. Why do you think empires such as Rome pushed for world domination? What did they hope to gain? What did it cost those they conquered? Why do nations still contend for power today?