The Ancient Romans

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Fact…More than a million people lived in Rome in 100AD.

Fact…Rich Romans loved elaborate feasts where flamingo and peacock were on the menu but what did ordinary people eat every day? What language did they speak and did young people go to school?

Find out these facts and much more in First Facts About the Ancient Romans.

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Overview

Fact…More than a million people lived in Rome in 100AD.

Fact…Rich Romans loved elaborate feasts where flamingo and peacock were on the menu but what did ordinary people eat every day? What language did they speak and did young people go to school?

Find out these facts and much more in First Facts About the Ancient Romans.

Presents in text and illustrations the history, government, people, culture, and day-to day life of ancient Rome.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-5Two flawed series entries. The full-color illustrations are attractive, but do not always correspond to the accompanying texts. A more serious problem, however, is the writing. Commas are sprinkled willy-nilly. Appalling mistakes in punctuation, syntax, and grammar appear on every page. In describing foods eaten by Egyptians, Morley writes that sometimes there were more fish and fowl caught than could be eaten and so "...the surplus were gutted, dried in the sun and then stored in jars of salt." It is unfortunate that this basic history series is so fraught with errors.Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
Kirkus Reviews
In the First Facts series, a look at life in ancient Rome, presented in double-page spreads, each of which is centered on one fact, such as "Rich Romans Ate Flamingos and Peacocks" and "Many Roman Soldiers Couldn't Speak Latin." Each spread contains a few paragraphs of information, numerous small captioned pictures, and a box of additional facts. The approach is somewhat scattershot: While each page is loaded with interesting details, they are only loosely related. Further, the pictures are often small for the amount of information they are intended to convey; perhaps because the spreads are crowded, it is sometimes hard to locate the appropriate caption for the picture (and at least in one case, two captions are switched). Finally, it's something of a misrepresentation to state baldly that "conquered peoples resented Roman rule."

Macdonald (A Samurai Castle, 1995, etc.) offers much to intrigue readers, but they will have to work harder to extract the facts than they would in other, better designed books on the subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872264960
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/23/2001
  • Series: First Facts Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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    hey- the best story in the store is called Bearstone! it is about a boy who does not have a mother and his father ran away when he was born. NOw he is a troublemaker and has problems is school. So he goes to an old man's place in the mountains and finds some incredible things. Wait and see what he finds. some of the things that he finds are neat and he learns how hard it is and the truth about people! READ IT!

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