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The Roman empire
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Kidhaven Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.7 1.0 55153.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.7 3 Quiz: 28797 Guided reading level: Q.
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DG270 .N37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In simple but colorful terms, young readers are here introduced to one of the epic eras and realms of world history -- that of the Roman Empire. The volume tells how the first emperor, Augustus, came to power, how he and his successors controlled the masses through the army and public games, and how the Empire eventually fell to an onslaught of invaders.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8-12. Part of the World History series (which also includes Ancient Greece, The Roman Republic, and Hitler's Reich, all listed in the Series Roundup, this issue), this is an in-depth overview that lends itself well to curriculum use. From the glory of the Augustan Age to the fall of Rome, Nardo's history focuses on the role of the Caesars and also on the everyday life of the Romans, their citizens, and their slaves. The bright cover and rather large size of the volume suggest a middle-school audience, but the material is scholarly and detailed. The design is accessible, with black-and-white illustrations on every page and numerous boxed quotations, some from modern historians, others from the era (a bishop's account of the persecution of the Christians, a soldier's letter home, etc.). A map would have been useful, but all sources are carefully cited, and Nardo includes a time line and an excellent annotated bibliography. ~--Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Ancient Greece describes the lives and times of such ancients as Alexander the Great, the noble Pericles, and the handsome but treacherous Alcibiades, whose betrayal of Athens changed the course of history. The Roman Republic begins with short introductions to the city's founding; the Roman character and society; and then details the Republic's myriad wars, leaders, and treacheries. Picking up at the end of the Republic, The Roman Empire chronicles the history of life under emperors who ranged from good (Antoninus), to bad (Nero), to insane (Caligula). In addition to the helpful timelines, all three volumes are highlighted by excerpts from primary and secondary sources: Plutarch's description of how Cleopatra ``auditioned'' deadly snakes and insects before picking the asp for her means of suicide (in Republic) and Juvenal's ominously familiar narration of the horrors of life during the days of the Empire (``Anyone who goes out to dinner without making a will is a fool'') are sure to fascinate readers. A user-friendly index and annotated lists of works consulted and suggestions for further reading add to the comprehensiveness of these titles.-Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.