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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.

Reviews 2

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 4-6-Condensing the more than 300-year Roman Empire into 36 pages would seem to be a daunting task. However, Nardo succeeds at providing a concise overview of the long and tumultuous history of events and the people who played large roles in their making. Beginning with the ascent of Augustus, which marked the end of the Roman Republic, the author briefly touches on rulers such as Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius and their roles in maintaining the Pax Romana. The excesses of Nero and Caligula are also described, but not in any detail, rather just as an example of the importance of good leadership. One chapter is devoted to the military, which seems logical, given the pivotal role control of the army came to play in Imperial politics. The final chapter, "Rediscovering the Ancient Romans," discusses the importance of archaeological discoveries in aiding our understanding of the past. Good illustrative material accompanies a clearly written text, but more maps would have been helpful.-David Pauli, Hillsboro Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.