Ancient Roman Women (People in the Past)

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Looks at how women lived in ancient Roman times, discussing marriage, fashion, and religion.

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Brian Williams is a Heinemann Raintree author.

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Reviewed with Ruth Manning's Ancient Egyptian Women.

Gr. 5-8. Two new titles from the People in the Past series discuss the lives of women in ancient civilizations.

Egyptian Women describes traditional roles (wives and mothers) and work opportunities (servants, dancers, and musicians) as well as distinguishing between the lifestyles of ordinary women and the rich. Roman Women also emphasizes home and family life and suggests that employment options may have been more varied for these women. Both titles employ a large-print format featuring short, double-page spreads and frequent color illustrations that should appeal to reluctant readers. The writing is straightforward and succinct, although the text and illustrations lean heavily toward British examples, and the definitions occasionally seem incomplete: a wet nurse is defined as a childcare worker ; vestals (virgins) are described as forbidden to marry. The appended glossaries, time lines, and index will aid report writers, making this a useful source where demand is high. Kay Weisman
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