The Romans: Gods, Emperors, and Dormice

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With her signature comic-strip style, Marcia Williams takes us behind the scenes of some of ancient Rome’s most famous moments.

Meet Dormeo: gladiator, dormouse, berry-nibbler, and guide to ancient Rome. He’s about to lead a tour — from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus, from the birth of the Roman Republic to the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are fascinating glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to ...

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Overview

With her signature comic-strip style, Marcia Williams takes us behind the scenes of some of ancient Rome’s most famous moments.

Meet Dormeo: gladiator, dormouse, berry-nibbler, and guide to ancient Rome. He’s about to lead a tour — from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus, from the birth of the Roman Republic to the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are fascinating glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to festivals, gladiators to guards, as well as a look at some of Rome’s best-known emperors (good and not so good). Vibrant, engaging, and packed with Marcia Williams’s trademark warmth and humor, this graphic storybook is a young reader’s ideal introduction to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
Marcia Williams’s The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice is a wonderfully illustrated book that walks readers through centuries of Roman history. In this delightful and entertaining book, Williams introduces young readers to facts and an historical timeline of ancient Rome. Audiences will learn about the Roman Gods through a family tree and brief history, how the city was built, what life was like for the people of Rome and the demise of the great empires. In addition to the facts about the Roman Gods, Williams gives readers a history of the seven kings of Rome. Each King’s profile explains his reign and how he died which leads seamlessly into how Rome became a republic ruled by the people through the Senate. As Rome waged more battles and became the great empire, as we all know it, Williams does not leave out any details on how this affected the everyday person. As Rome’s power became stronger and more dominant, the Emperors, being men, were filled with ego and pride which eventually lead Rome to its demise. In her fact filled pages, Williams was clever to introduce readers to Dormeo Augustus in the beginning of the book. Dormeo is a mouse that guides readers with additional facts, silly commentaries and almost theatrical-like illustrations. The bright, colorful comic-book style illustrations by Williams make the story all the more delightful. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler AGERANGE: Ages 8 up.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 4–8—Guided by a playful dormouse, readers are greeted with page after page of busy illustrations of the beginnings of humankind, including Romulus and Remus's founding of Rome, short histories of some of its notable kings, and culminating in the rise and eventual fall of this sophisticated city. Along the way, children meet the citizens, warriors, and emperors who all contributed to the evolution of this ancient civilization and learn quite a bit of history, via some "res vera," Latin for "facts," courtesy of the dormouse guide. Filled with humor and a bit of attitude, this latest venture for Williams will engage even the most reluctant young readers. An excellent addition to a history or classics curriculum.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
In cartoon panels, the inimitable Williams offers snapshots of ancient Rome from the mythological creation of the universe to the fall of the empire. Lightly salting her account with Latin quips ("In theobroma cacao fidemus!"), Williams pens a semiserious narrative history broken up into bite-sized bits on single-topic spreads ("The Gruesome Gauls"). She illustrates them with small cartoon scenes that depict significant incidents or scenes of daily life. Dropping side comments and the occasional Res vera ("fact") as he goes, a dozy dormouse aptly named Dormeo Augustus squires young readers along. He leads them past the major gods, the tale of Romulus and Remus, Rome's first seven kings, the Republic, the Caesars and a select few other emperors. There are side excursions to the Forum and a crowded bath, plus glimpses of patrician and plebeian life, slavery, gladiators and the renowned Roman army. Though a certain amount of mayhem makes its way into her account, the author tones down the worst excesses (as Dormeo puts it, the Sabine women were "treated most cruelly"—that's one way to put it) or acknowledges them only in passing. Not a very detailed picture, but broad enough to leave younger readers with a general sense of how grand the grandeur was. (Informational picture book. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763665814
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 560,808
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Williams has written and illustrated many books in her highly successful and entertaining comic-strip style. Among her many retellings are Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs, Greek Myths, Tales from Shakespeare, and More Tales from Shakespeare. Marcia Williams lives in London.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

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    Now this is a fun way to learn. I'm pretty sure I have heard of

    Now this is a fun way to learn. I'm pretty sure I have heard of books from Marcia Williams before to learn about history. However, I think this is my first experience. A neat adventure to the past. intriguing illustrations filled with color, a fabulous font provides a plethora of facts. Wonderful for students. Hours could be spent again and again dwelling on these pictures filling the mind. Again, a very fun way to learn. I'll surely be looking for more Marcia Williams to add to our shelves. 

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