Ancient Rome: A Mighty Empire

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Ancient Rome's skilled army was its claim to fame. But a skilled army wasn't the only thing that made Ancient Rome a superpower. Ancient Roman's also made many advances in architecture and transportation. Explore what makes ancient Rome one of history's greatest civilizations, from its republic government to its well organized, bustling cities.

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Overview

Ancient Rome's skilled army was its claim to fame. But a skilled army wasn't the only thing that made Ancient Rome a superpower. Ancient Roman's also made many advances in architecture and transportation. Explore what makes ancient Rome one of history's greatest civilizations, from its republic government to its well organized, bustling cities.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
The first chapter of this short history of ancient Rome describes the way the three Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage established Rome's power and also points out its ability to make use of the ideas of the people it conquered. The second chapter goes back nearly two centuries to the time between 2000 and 1000 BC when tribes of nomads, known as Latins, came to central Italy from central Europe. They settled on seven hills near the Tiber River and gradually formed the city-state named Rome. Greeks and Etruscans settled nearby, and in 616 BC, the Etruscans took over Rome. In 509 BC, the Romans defeated the Etruscans and Rome became a republic. Chapter three describes the changes that took place during the republic, beginning around 494 BC, when the ordinary citizens, or plebeians, demanded a say in the government, which had been controlled till that time by the wealthy patricians. In 60 BC three generals, Pompey, Marcus Crassus, and Julius Caesar, took over the leadership of Rome, but after Crassus died a few years later, a civil war began and Julius Caesar became the sole ruler. When he named himself Dictator for Life, other senators banded together and assassinated him. The fourth chapter describes the ten-year civil war that ensued and the empire that followed it. The emperors, beginning with Augustus in 27 BC, passed the throne to their own relatives. In AD 284, the empire became too large for one man to rule, and Emperor Diocletian divided it into western and eastern halves. The division weakened the empire, however, and Germanic tribes attacked over and over again until, in AD 410 the Visigoths sacked the city of Rome. By AD 476, the Western Roman Empire was nearly gone, though the Eastern Roman Empire survived till 1453. The final chapter describes some of the lasting effects of Rome's accomplishments, such as paved roads, aqueducts, republican government, and the modern languages that developed from Latin roots. The text contains numerous good-sized color and black-and-white illustrations and includes occasional boxes with definitions and additional facts. Following the text are a two-page timeline, a ten-item glossary, four references for further reading, a FactHound link to appropriate Internet sites, and an index. The book is part of the "Fact Finders: Great Civilizations" series. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429672399
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Great Civilizations
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 716,627
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Great Conquerors 4

Chapter 2 Early Rome 8

Chapter 3 A Republic Forms 12

Chapter 4 The Roman Empire 16

Chapter 5 A Lasting Influence 22

Timeline 28

Glossary 30

Read More 31

Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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