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Famous Men of Rome [Paperback]

By John Haaren (Author) & A. B. Poland (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.7" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Memoria Press
ISBN  1930953828  
EAN  9781930953826  

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The Romans were history's great men of action, making the study of Rome ideal for beginners of all ages, but especially for younger students, who are fascinated by the abundant action and drama of Roman history. Famous Men of Rome offers thirty stories, covering the history of Rome from its founding under Romulus to the last emperor in the West. Your children will see the rise and fall of history's greatest civilization through the lives of Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and many other larger-than-life figures. An understanding of modern political history is impossible without a thorough understanding of Rome. Thus its study provides a foundation for all other history study. In the Memoria Press Famous Men of Rome, we have added a Glossary of People and Places, improved Images, and maps of Rome, Italy, and the Roman Empire.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Fantastic Addition to History Study for Kids  Aug 23, 2007
I bought this book to use for along with our homeschool history curriculum. My eight-year-old son picked up the book and disappeared into his room. He read the entire book in two days and absolutely loved it!
What about famous WOMEN of Rome?  Aug 23, 2007
I don't actually own this book, so this isn't really a review. But is no one else bothered by the inherent sexism of the title? Yes, I realize there are many more famous men in ancient history than famous women. But there are some famous roman women that might conceivably be included. This wouldn't bother me that much if it were just one book about ancient Rome, but it is a whole series about a number of different places - and every one has "Famous Men" in the title.

I could never buy a book that was so patently sexist.
Requires explanation and additional information from parent/teacher  Sep 25, 2006
Though the subtitle of the book is "Roman History," the text actually begins with the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus. This is not inappropriate, however, the myths are not prefaced with "the story goes..." or "Roman history begins with the myth..." or any sort of indication that the history book begins with mythology. The myths are related in the same factual tone as the rest of the book. Now when most children read that Sylvia married the god Mars and then bore him twin sons, they would recognize this as a myth, but how would they know where the myth ended and the real story began? There is no distinction in this book between the mythology and the history. It just reports that Sylvia bore Romulus and Remus, Romulus was the first king, Numa became king after him, then Tullus Hostilius, etc.

On the other hand it is interesting that in relating the story of Constantine's vision of heavenly cross emblazoned with the words, "in hoc signo vinces," the book makes a point of saying that "Constantine said" this happened, rather than "Constantine saw" this. This is nit-picky but it just seemed odd that this incident apart from all others in the book should be so carefully related as hearsay.

I also have a problem with the prioritization of the events in Diocletian's reign. The text states, "Diocletian's primary legacy is the division of the Empire into eastern and western halves." The Christian persecutions (the main thing I associate with Diocletian's reign) are relegated to a mere two sentences. The text fails to specify that these were the worst Christian persecutions of all, and that they included the ruthless mutilation of women and children as witnessed and documented by Eusebius (in fact, no mention is made of Eusebius at all; one might have thought the "Father of Church History" worthy of mention among notable men of the period). In what brief mention it does make of the persecutions, the text asserts that they were all Galerius' fault anyway; Diocletian was allegedly "personally opposed" to the persecutions. How Diocletian personally felt about the persecutions might make an interesting topic for graduate studies, but it seems too nuanced for elementary aged students. I do think students need more than two sentences about the persecutions, and they need to know that Diocletian's name is inseparably linked to the persecutions. Whether he abdicated authority in this to Galerius, Diocletian was the Emperor and therefore ultimately responsible.

Lastly, the book contains several descriptions of suicides and dishonorable deaths. It isn't just noted that this or that man committed suicide, but rather, it's described how each did it. These descriptions don't seem to be to be crucial to the story and I'm not sure this is age-appropriate material. (This book is recommended for the 4th grade.)

Oh, it also occurred to me that it would have been so nice to have had a pronunciation guide included in this book. Maybe that's in the parent and/or student guides?

On the positive side, the book does have beautiful illustrations and with the exceptions noted above, the content and writing style are suited to the recommended age. One of my favorite parts was the description of augurs (fortune tellers): "They pretended that by watching the sky and observing how birds and animals acted they could tell what would happen to people and nations. When they were alone, however, they would have a great deal of fun over the tricks they played upon the foolish people." This is a clear explanation that any child could understand. I wish the rest of the book were written so plainly.

So, in a nutshell, the book could be a useful supplement, but altogether it would require a fair amount of watchfulness, explanation and disclaimer from the parent/teacher... That degrades its value as a textbook, in my opinion. It certainly doesn't seem very well suited to give to a child for independent study.
Loser  Nov 29, 2004
This book is not for adults. This is not where adults go to learn anything. Many brillantly written books exist on the subject of Roman history by qualified experts for adults.

This book is too dull for a child. The subject matter is inappropriate for the age group, and by the time THIS is being used as a school textbook it is time to "lower" oneself to the contemplation of public school enrollment.
Wow  May 21, 2004
In this wonderful book you'll get to learn everything about Romans. What gods they worshiped, how Rome was founded and first named, who their kings were and what they did...and so so many other great things.

I have learned a lot from this book and so will you because it's not filled with confusion as other historical books.


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