The Ancient Romans: Their Lives and Their World

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This introduction to the people of ancient Rome is packed with information about their daily lives and generously illustrated with examples of the buildings, artwork, and everyday objects they left behind as evidence of their remarkable culture. From rich and powerful emperors to entrepreneurial merchants and artisans to daring gladiators and lowly slaves, each played a role in the establishment of the largest empire the world has ever seen. An engaging portrait of a society that continues to fascinate us two ...
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This introduction to the people of ancient Rome is packed with information about their daily lives and generously illustrated with examples of the buildings, artwork, and everyday objects they left behind as evidence of their remarkable culture. From rich and powerful emperors to entrepreneurial merchants and artisans to daring gladiators and lowly slaves, each played a role in the establishment of the largest empire the world has ever seen. An engaging portrait of a society that continues to fascinate us two thousand years after its heyday, the accessible text is sprinkled with quotes from ancient Roman writers, historians, and emperors. Ages twelve and up.
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Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
The author of this comprehensive, scholarly book about the Ancient Romans is curator of Roman antiquities at the British Museum in London, England. An Introduction and Timeline (AD 1453 to 2,000-1,000 BC) delineate this period. A map of the Roman Empire at its largest extent circa AD 117 shows the geographical range of the territory. Historical information chronicles the daily lives from rich and powerful emperors to lowly slaves. Quotes from ancient Roman writers, historians, and emperors give the reader perspective on their thoughts at that time. The 180 color illustrations complement the text by showing portraits, buildings, artwork, and everyday objects which characterize this remarkable culture and largest empire the world has ever seen. A Find Out More page lists other books on the ancient Romans for both younger and older readers, plus notes the web address of the British Museum. (http://www.britishmuseum.org) These extensive resources can be used for additional research. A comprehensive index allows easy navigation through the text. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
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Gr 3–6—With its high-quality photos of artifacts, buildings, and artwork, this history of the Romans through the end of the Empire looks to be an exciting overview. Unfortunately, the writing falls short. There is no coherence between paragraphs, and the text reads as though random facts were thrown together. Fifteen chapters discuss different members of the populace, including "Senators and Generals," "Farmers and Foodmakers," and "Craftsmen and Artists." The text uses quotes from original sources and also includes the Latin names for many items and people, a good addition. However, some of the information seems misleading, as in the chapter on women, which describes the freedom they had without fully addressing the fact that they were still greatly restricted. Peter Connolly's Ancient Rome (Oxford Univ., 2001) and Fiona MacDonald's Ancient Rome (Heinemann Library, 2004) are much better overviews, although their photos aren't as spectacular.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780892369867
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Paul Roberts is a curator of Roman antiquities at the British Museum.

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