The Romans did not invent drainage, sewers, the alphabet or roads, but they did develop them. They did invent underfloor heating, concrete and the calendar that our modern calendar is based on. Concrete played an important part in Roman building, helping them construct structures like aqueducts that included arches.

First broadcast:
14 November 2008

This clip could be used prior to a study of the inventions shown in the clip. Students could discuss the difference between inventions and discoveries. They could look into arches, domes and other structures that the Romans built.