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Title:
Roman forts
Author:
Mulvihill, Margaret.
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Publication Information:
New York : Gloucester Press, 1990, 1989.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm.
Summary:
Examines the structure and defenses of an ancient Roman fort, Roman military life, and the campaigns waged by the Roman Empire against its enemies.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780531172018
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Examines the structure and defenses of an ancient Roman fort, Roman military life, and the campaigns waged by the Roman Empire against its enemies.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Part of the History Highlights series, this book, while helpful, has been misnamed. Though it ably describes the intricate organization of Roman camps and forts, the volume really describes key aspects of military life in the Roman Empire under Caesar Augustus. Opening with the army's structure, the book takes a look at weapons and armor, fort life and defenses, and the beginnings of towns that grew around the fortifications. Visualized in colorful, realistic illustrations that splash across the pages and complemented by photographs of Roman relics, the chapters also touch on religion, government, and citizenship. The final sections consider the empire's decline and its remaining traces today; a date chart and a glossary round out this informative presentation. --Beth ~Herbert


School Library Journal Review

Not limiting herself to a description of Roman fortifications, Mulvihill presents an overview of military life and the influence of the army on the growth, and later decline, of the Roman Empire. A profusion of color illustrations and photographs complement the text well and offer readers good examples of dress and everyday living conditions. Mulvihill also explores the establishment of outposts and camps, which led to the building of forts and roads for troop movement, and the subsequent development of towns. More emphasis is placed on the military contributions to Roman life than other introductory books, such as Pierre Miquel's Life in Ancient Rome (Silver Burdett, 1984). The combination of good descriptive text and illustrations should hold interest, give adequate information, and perhaps encourage more intrepid readers to move on to something more challenging, such as John Wilkes' The Roman Army (Lerner, 1977 ). -- Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Lib . , Milwaukie, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.