The Book of the Ancient Romans is an introduction to the history and civilization of Rome from the traditional date of the founding of the city to its fall in ad 476. Dorothy Mills again makes history a vital thing and historians, statesmen, and poets of the ancient world living figures. The author's aim in her two books on the Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Romans has been to use such parts of the political history of the Greeks and Romans, of their literature, and of their art as seem to have been the outward and visible ...
The Book of the Ancient Romans is an introduction to the history and civilization of Rome from the traditional date of the founding of the city to its fall in ad 476. Dorothy Mills again makes history a vital thing and historians, statesmen, and poets of the ancient world living figures. The author's aim in her two books on the Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Romans has been to use such parts of the political history of the Greeks and Romans, of their literature, and of their art as seem to have been the outward and visible signs of the spirit that inspired them. With this book is concluded the series on the ancient world. Dorothy Mills had an uncanny ability to write history that is interesting and at the same time based on sound scholarship. Her direct, engaging approach is valued increasingly by the many parents in our day who are looking for reliable materials for home study, as well as by many private school educators. The highly-prized six volumes of her historical works (see below) have become scarce, and so Dawn Chorus has reprinted them in its effort to offer texts ideally suited to the needs of a new generation of teachers and students. In a world where the quality of education has so deteriorated, may the reissue of this wonderful historical series shine as a beacon to a new generation of young (and not so young) scholars! Dawn Chorus publishes five other books by Dorothy Mills: The Book of the Ancient World; The Book of the Ancient Greeks; The People of Ancient Israel; The Middle Ages; and Renaissance and Reformation Times. Dawn Chorus has also republished another historical series perfectly suited for home or school use (highly recommended in home-school curricula): The Picturesque Tale of Progress, by Olive Beaupr??? Miller. It is available in large format (9 volumes), or smaller, double-bound format (5 volumes).
I started learning Latin this year in school, and my Latin book instructed me to get a book from my library that taught me about the Ancient Romans. "Oh great," I thought sarcastically. My sarcasm was due to the fact that every Ancient Romans book I had ever read had only stuff about how bad their dictators were; how they basically broke every single one of the Ten Commandments, and worst of all, the authors of this book went into full detail about it. Blah! So this was not an exciting thing for me. But when I went to my library, I found this book, and I said, "Hey! I'll give it a shot." It turned out it was an excellent book, is great at explaining things, it catches your attention, and the chapters aren't long and dull. I absolutely adore this book, and it gives me all the info I need to go along with my Latin studies. Rome is vitally important to the way we live our lives today, as the ancient Romans went the extra stride to cultivate their own people in a different way. They modernized a lot of things, and though some of the Ancient Romans disgust me, I can honestly say that they were very important. Dorothy Mills makes you see this in her book, and without the awful details that make you shiver, she gives you the information that connects places, people, and things, as well as really paying attention to the real history. She really gives you a sense of Romes politics, history, literature and its beautiful art. Her understanding of this people will really astound you as she passes that wisdom right on to you.
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