Kingfisher, 2012 (2009)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ne of the
series of books, this inexpensive volume introduces young readers to one of the world's great civilizations. '
About 2,000 years ago, the Romans ruled much of Europe, as well as western Asia and North Africa. We can still see the ruins of their great public buildings. We can imagine their splendid processions, their armies and epic battles, their feasts and chariot races, their slaves, emperors, and struggles for power.
oungsters are invited to explore this ancient civilization through short chapters that look at the seven hills of Rome, the rise of the empire, Rome's rivals, Roman buildings, fashion and styles, emperors, armies, and everyday life in the ancient city itself.
he 3-D artwork pulls the reader into each section of the book while special boxes highlight some of the material the author wants to stress. There are tidbits here about the chariot races at Circus Maximus, how the Romans spiced their food, and how Roman sacrifices to their gods were conducted.
lthough there is not an abundance of information in this book, there is certainly enough to pique a youngster's curiosity and get him or her interested in learning more about this ancient civilization. There are Internet links provided where more detailed material about Rome can be located online.
f you are looking for an overview that introduces ancient Rome, this is an excellent and well designed book that should make the child want to know more. If you are involved in home schooling this is certainly a volume to consider using as part of an ancient history unit.
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