The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum

by Adam Woog
     
 

The world's greatest structures were all built through some combination of human ingenuity, perseverance, vision, will power and, in many cases, physical might. History's Great Structures examines the practical, technological, and political challenges encountered by the designers and builders; how these structures were used by the people of the time; and what has

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The world's greatest structures were all built through some combination of human ingenuity, perseverance, vision, will power and, in many cases, physical might. History's Great Structures examines the practical, technological, and political challenges encountered by the designers and builders; how these structures were used by the people of the time; and what has become of them today. A visual chronology, sidebars highlighting topics of interest, selected vocabulary words and facts, source notes, a bibliography for further research, and an index provide additional tools for student researchers. Other titles in the series include: The Eiffel Tower, The Great Wall of China, The Medieval Castle, The Parthenon of Ancient Greece, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, The World Trade Center

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Debbie Kirchhoff
The books in this History’s Great Structures series are extensive in their information. Each book starts with a timeline listing important events in the history of the structure. Each book also includes an introduction which describes the structure and an overview of the reasons for its place in history. The introductions are extensive themselves, describing planning stages, construction and completion, and in some cases the structure’s decline or destruction. In the following chapters, the historical and political significance of each structure is explored in depth. The photographs and illustrations are small and uninspired, but the wealth of information compensates for that somewhat. There are no glossaries included; however, each book employs a series of sidebars featuring definitions of selected “Words in Context.” These books will not be of particular interest to a recreational reader, but they will be popular with those who enjoy the topics of architecture and engineering. This series is recommended for those students who need an accessible resource of solid information for term papers. (History’s Great Structures) Reviewer: Debbie Kirchhoff; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 6–8—Each of these slender volumes introduces a recognizable structure, explaining its social and historical context and why it is remarkable for its architecture and its impact on its society. The texts follow a logical progression from plans to build, through the building process, to ample description of how each one was used in its time, and then to the destruction and current plans for restoration. Photographs, images, and drawings, some of which serve to explain the occasionally difficult vocabulary, appear throughout. Medieval Castle traces the development of castles from wooden buildings to massive stone constructions that served as fortresses, social centers, and living quarters for noblemen. The Parthenon is described as "the most perfect structure ever erected," and the genius of its design, which has been copied for centuries, is being closely studied as restoration continues. The Colosseum was once the site of extravagant performances and some of the bloodiest exhibitions ever staged. Although these volumes are fact-filled and would provide ample information for reports, they read like stories, with historical and anecdotal passages that add interest to the technical and historical data. Despite their challenging content, these titles will interest readers of history and fans of art and architecture.—MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601525406
Publisher:
Referencepoint Press
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Series:
History's Great Structures Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,384,977
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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