Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome [NOOK Book]

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Children will learn all about different civilizations and inventions—the way they changed history, their evolution over centuries, and their influence on modern times—through the activities and anecdotes provided in this interactive series.

One thousand years of ancient Roman civilization and its effect on modern living are presented in this interactive guide. Divided into themes and further supplemented by time lines and sidebars, every ...
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Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome

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Overview

Children will learn all about different civilizations and inventions—the way they changed history, their evolution over centuries, and their influence on modern times—through the activities and anecdotes provided in this interactive series.

One thousand years of ancient Roman civilization and its effect on modern living are presented in this interactive guide. Divided into themes and further supplemented by time lines and sidebars, every aspect of Rome is discussed, from Pompeii and gladiator bouts to the technology behind Roman baths and siege machines. A comprehensive "who's who" of ancient Rome explains the various roles within the empire and also takes a look at their daily lives. Children's understanding of the Roman way of life is enhanced with 15 activities that range from creating mosaics to building replicas of Roman ruins.
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Editorial Reviews

Metrokids Pennsylvania
Interesting text and activities.
Calliope
15 great hands-on activities, including making a toga and a clay vessel, with background historical information, pertinent sidebars and contemporary quotes.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Despite its narrowly focused title, this is actually a lively and entertaining survey of a millennium of Roman history. Dickinson gives due attention to architecture and engineering triumphs, to be sure, and includes full chapters on technology, the army, and forms of entertainment. But the larger part of the narrative conveys Rome's growth from city-state to regional power to multiethnic empire along with the shift from a fairly small independent "people" to a conquering but still republican government to, finally, imperial rule with only the appearance of representative government. The hands-on craft activities scattered throughout include making an abacus, a laurel wreath, a mosaic, and much more. Informative sidebars and illustrations are profuse and attractive. For the most part, Dickinson handles the simplification required for a book for younger readers with aplomb. However, history teachers may cringe to read that the Roman Catholic Church was established under Constantine or that the Pantheon was built by Augustus (rather than, quite famously, by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus). The snappy tone, mostly a great plus, also occasionally falls flat, as when Dickinson tells readers that the mystery religions are so called because "we don't know much about them." Still, the book has a marvelous central narrative, direct, lean, and propulsive, with inviting coverage as well of the arts, daily life, and such popular topics as chariot races, gladiators, Pompeii, and even Spartacus. A worthy addition to any library where students are open to the past.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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School Library Journal
"A lively and entertaining survey of a millennium of Roman history."

Metrokids Pennsylvania
"Interesting text and activities."

Library Media Connection
"Teachers will have students explore Roman civilization and learn about the culture and how it affects us today in a fascinating and engaging way. Recommended."

School Librarian's Workshop
"Lively and well rounded history."

Homeschooling Parent
"You can't go wrong with this teaching tool--it is simply fabulous!"

Curriculum Connections
"Will keep students engaged."

Gifted Education News
"A wonderful example of how to clearly organize information about history, technology and science to appeal to the curiosity and learning capabilities of gifted students... excellent resources for an inquiry learning format."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936749119
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Series: Tools of Discovery series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Rachel Dickinson is a travel, nature, and science writer whose articles have been published in such magazines as Audubon, The Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic Traveler, and U.S.A. Weekend. She is the author of Tools of Navigation and The Witch's Handbook.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Romans All Around Us 1
1 Fantastic Beginnings 3
2 The Roman Republic-Democracy Rules . . . or does it? 13
3 Expanding the Roman Republic 23
4 The Demise of the Republic 33
5 Remarkable Feats in Engineering and Technology 46
6 Birth of an Empire 59
7 Roman Society-Everyday Life 67
8 The Mighty Roman Army 86
9 The Next Two Hundred Years 94
10 That's Entertainment 105
11 The Rise of the Empire, Again 113
12 Gods and Goddesses 118
13 The End of the Roman Empire & Rome's Legacy 127
Bibliography 134
Glossary 135
Index 138
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