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Famous Men of Rome (Yesterday's Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 10, 2006
Publisher   Yesterday's Classics
Age  8-12
ISBN  1599150468  
EAN  9781599150468  

Availability  91 units.
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Attractive biographical sketches of twenty-eight of the most prominent characters in the history of ancient Rome, from its founding to its fall. Includes most of the best known characters from the kingdom and republic of Rome, as well as the most prominent personages from the imperial age. Each story is told in a clear, simple manner, and is well calculated to awaken and stimulate the youthful imagination. Ideal introduction to ancient Rome for ages 9 and up.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Haaren & Poland were the superintendants of schools for the cities of New York and Newark in 1904. Rob & Cyndy Shearer have advanced degrees in English & History and have been teachers and homeschooling parents for thirty years.

John H. Haaren was born in 1855 and died in 1916.

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Famous Men of Rome Great for Homeschoolers  Oct 18, 2008
I've homeschooled for eleven years, and I've used both the Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome for homeschooling two of my four girls and have been very happy with them. I wish I'd had these resources when my teenager was younger as it would help with her current high school reading of Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Homer, etc. I plan on using Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome with my youngest child as well.

Each chapter is an entertaining biography of a famous person from Ancient Rome who was instrumental in building western culture. The biographies are in chronological order from earliest to most recent and the whole book will bring you through the three stages of Ancient Rome: monarchy, rupublic, and empire. The author knows what kinds of events inspire and form the imagination of young children. It's been a real conversation-starter! I don't mind that women are not the "famous" individuals listed in the book because women had different roles at this time in history, and the notable women of the time are generously mentioned in the story. This gives us a chance to google them or hit the library for more information if we wish.

Ancient Men of Rome is in no way a complete study of the Ancient Roman culture, but it is a good way to get started and a great foundation for further study. I recommend the Memoria Press Student Guide to go along with Ancient Men of Rome for a more structured, classical approach to teaching this material. The student guide (there is a teachers guide as well) brings out important points in the reading and gives lists for memorization such as the seven hills of Rome, the monarchs, consuls and emperors, and the poem Horatio at the Bridge. The student guide also has maps of Ancient Italy, the ancient city of Rome, and finally the Roman Empire so the student can visualize the terrain where the action takes place...and the set up of the ancient city of Rome up to the whole Ancient Roman Empire. Finally, I really love the quotation sheets and timeline in the student guides. I've tried this and the Greenleaf edition of this text and their guide book before, and I prefer this edition and the Memoria Press student guide by far. It far surpasses the Greenleaf Guide. For more in-depth study, we supplement with DK books, library books, documentaries and movies about Ancient Rome.

We are Catholic, so I'm not planning on using anything from the Ancient Men series after the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome because of the typical misunderstandings of the Church's role during subsequent historical periods. I have not seen anything from Famous Men after Greece and Rome in any of the Catholic curriculum companies I've encountered in my search so far (although I have not exhausted them all by any means), so I plan to use books recommended by solid Catholic curriculum companies and supplement them with biographies of the saints, famous military leaders, scientists, and artists and library books for the rest of the story until junior high the next year when we begin the Christ the King, Lord of History by Anne Carrol.
Great addition for study of ancient Rome  Dec 22, 2007
There are a lot of Romans in there you probably never heard of and that are not that important in history. Unless you really plan on going in depth about early, early Rome you might want to skip it and get The world of Augustus Caesar instead.
Famous men is nicely written and the stories presented are interesting, but mostly irrelevant until you get half way through the book.
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 24, 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.

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