Thursday, September 02, 2010

Lives of Famous Romans

Lives of Famous Romans, by Olivia Coolidge

(1965; reprinted 2007, American Home School Publishing), pb., 221 pp.
Ages 11+

This book gives an overview of the lives of twelve key men in the history of Rome beginning with Cicero and ending with Constantine. I like the idea of the book, but was not thrilled with the execution. It was dull though still a little breezy. If we are going to press on through a less than exciting account, we will do that with a classic source. Secondary retellings will have to be more engaging and helpful, or they serve little purpose.



At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ray,
Are there some books that you would recommend in that age range, that would be helpful for getting an understanding of ancient Rome?


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