The Ancient Roman World by Ronald MellorThe Ancient Roman World by Ronald Mellor

The Ancient Roman World

byRonald Mellor, Marni McGee


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Introducing The World in Ancient Times, a one-of-a-kind series that combines the knowledge of scholars of ancient history with the storytelling know-how of writers of young adult fiction. Each book is made up of 24 to 26 chapters short and lively enough to hold the attention of a middle-schoolstudent. Each chapter is based on one or more primary sources from antiquity, such as a quote from an ancient historian, a well-worn coin, a piece of pottery, or a partly crumbled wall. These pieces of evidence are clues from which the authors reconstruct the world in ancient times. Most historybooks tell what we know; by using actual quotes and curious objects from the past, The World in Ancient Times hooks young readers into the story of not only Iwhat we know but the often more interesting tale of how we know it.
Ronald Mellor, who is Professor of History at UCLA, first became enthralled with ancient history as a student at Regis High School in New York City. He is the statewide Faculty Advisor of the California History-Social Science Project, which brings university faculty together with K-12 teachers at sites throughout California. In 2000, ...
Title:The Ancient Roman WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7.6 × 9.21 × 0.59 inPublisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195153804

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Editorial Reviews

"Twenty-six chapters covering the history of Rome from its founding to its fall make this volume somewhat more inclusive than many other works for this audience. What makes this book accessible is the lively writing. The story of Spartacus and his slave revolt, for example, is told withoutembellishment, but in a narrative form that brings it alive. Many quotes from ancient writers also add interest. Chapters on gladiatorial games, business, and class conflict balance other more purely historical sections covering emperors, wars, and conquests. The numerous illustrations includefull-color photographs and reproductions of sites, artifacts, period artwork, and an occasional movie still. There are also a number of simple maps. A comprehensive index adds to the book's usefulness for research and reports. Don Nardo's From Founding to Fall: A History of Rome (Lucent, 2003) isless comprehensive." -- School Library Journal