Selected and Retold by Dorothy Harrar
NOTE: Currently out of stock with the publisher. We’ll update this when it is available again.
Unlike Famous Men of Ancient Rome, Harrar’s Roman Lives was written for the teacher, not the student. She tells of different men, a shorter list selected as example of the Good, the Bad and the [very] Ugly (my interpretation). She also devotes about 2/3 of the book to stories of various aspects of Roman life at different times, and includes stories of the Christians under Rome and the later clash between Constantine and Julian the Apostate.
Her stories are simply wonderful and the book itself is a consummate accounting of the richness of what can be taught during the Roman History block. For anyone teaching chidren about this period of history, it is an indispensable resource. For the rest of us, it is wonderful reading, even for adults. For our students, her material coupled with Famous Men is a practically unbeatable combination.