Although the accession of Augustus Caesar in 27 B.C. marked the beginning of what came to be called the Roman Empire, it was not the beginning of the Roman nation. This informative anthology traces he rise of Rome from its infancy through the early Roman Republic, its overseas expansion in the Punic Wars, and its conquest of the Greeks.
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"There's a lot of material packed in here, but the brief annotation and summary of each article will help students decide where they want to start their research or reading. An appendix of primary source documents brings in the voices of the time."
-- Booklist (Febraury 2000) (Booklist 20000215)
"A chronological collection of excellent writings that reflect the peculiar and dramatic influences of a generation."
-- School Library Journal (July 2002) (School Library Journal 20020701)
"Each chapter has excerpts from books by scholars, political participants in the events under consideration, or eyewitnesses. Teachers will find this volume useful."
-- School Library Journal (June 2002) (School Library Journal 20020601)
"A wise purchase for those looking for an overview of or supplemental materials on the era. These essays might be useful for older students beginning a study of Western Civilization."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20020401)
"We can learn much from history and Greenhaven Press has a book series that brings history alive for students and educators. The Turning Points in World History series offers a vivid and eclectic view of major events in world history using thought, analyses, and conclusions of scholars and historians who contribute essays of revelation, connection, and provocation."
-- Exlectic Book Review (January - April 2001) (UNKNOWN 20010401)
"Although the value of this book lies in its information for reports, anyone interested in the subject will find the text fascinating."
-- School Library Journal (November 2000) (School Library Journal 20001101)
"This is a trustworthy research source, especially for students with little background in the period."
-- School Library Journal (May 2000) (School Library Journal 20000501)
"Excerpts from primary sources; an extensive, topically arranged list for further reading; a four-page chronology and a comprehensive index add to the value of this resource. Useful as report and debate materieal."
-- School Library Journal (November 1999) (School Library Journal 19991101)
"The clear, concise essays, written by noted scholars and historians, offer a fine opportunity for understanding the complex issues often overlooked...Students interested in further research will appreciate the excerpts from primary source documents and the extensive bibliography."
-- Booklist (September 1999) (Booklist 19990901)
"The lucid and thought-provoking essays are presented in a crisply designed format. High-school and junior-college libraries will find this a worthwhile purchase for the 200 shelves."
-- Booklist (January 1999) (Booklist 19990101)
"The editors continue the Greenhaven Press tradition if carefully selecting and presenting material that will help students understand the essentials on any given topic - here Turning Points in World History. These books will be especially helpful where library collections don't cover these events thoroughly, because each presents a wealth of information, presented by a wide variety of notable historians and/or reporters. Each book is an invaluable introduction to the complexities of each of the subjects discussed."
-- Kliatt (January 1999) (KLIATT 19990101)
"Sophisticated reading, the book will nicely support a modern history curriculum. Bibliography; chronology; glossary; discussion questions; primary source documents."
-- Booklist (November 1998) (Booklist 19981115)
Grade 10 Up-The several difficulties to be found with this book begin with the title. Chronologically, the selections only take readers up to the time of the Roman Republic. There is no explanation of the transition from republic to empire. Each of the chapters, written by a different classical scholar, treats a distinct period in Roman history, beginning with its founding and including the early Republic, the Punic Wars, and the conquest of Greece. Contributions of such well-known writers as Will Durant and Michael Grant presume a readership that is fairly well versed in Roman history. While these essays might be useful for older students beginning a study of Western civilization, this material will be of limited supplemental use for most secondary students. A drawback is the lack of useful maps and illustrations. The book ends with excerpts from 18 historical and contemporary works. Although Lesley and Roy Adkins's The Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome (Facts On File, 1994) doesn't cover exactly the same material, it will better serve students of Roman history.
David Pauli, Hillsboro Public Library, OR
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Book Description Greenhaven Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New and in shrink wrap. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000079105
Book Description Greenhaven Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0737707577