Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

Charles Kovacs


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Another priceless treasure by Charles Kovacs!

This book—written especially for Waldorf teachers—includes the most exciting stories of Roman history: the founding of Rome; early battles with Carthage and Hannibal; Julius Caesar and the conquests of Gaul and Britain; Antony and Cleopatra; and the decline and fall under the Huns and the beginning of the "Dark Ages."

Ancient Rome is recommended for Steiner-Waldorf curriculum class six (eleven to twelve year-olds).

Roman Lives

Selected and Retold by Dorothy Harrar



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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.

Famous Men of Ancient Rome

Lives of Julius Caesar, Nero, Marcus Aurelius and others

John H Haaren and A B Poland



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This is one of the most interesting histories ever written with young students in mind -- it would make an unbeatable reader during the 6th Grade Roman History block -- or for any young person who finds him- or herself longing to learn more about the glory that was Rome.

Its biographical sketches are arranged chronologically from 753 BC, the estimated founding of Rome, to AD 476, the fall of the Western Empire. As the successive movers and shakers of what became the Roman Empire stand shoulder to shoulder, as it were, readers will be able to see how their actions and ideas influenced and Rome and the world beyond.

The 30 chapters start with the legend of Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a wolf and grew up to found the Eternal City. Students will also meet a fascinating variety of actual historical figures, including Cincinnatus, who chose to be a farmer instead of a dictator; Nero, the mad emperor, and the warlike Julius Caesar. They'll encounter Marcus Aurelius, the emperor who used his own money to help the poor and who walked the streets, greeting people and listening to their troubles so that he could be a better leader.


Milon and the Lion

Jakob Streit



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I don't know how it came about, but I first encountered this story of an Athenian slave's kindness to a lion and how that lion later saved his life when I was about 10 years old.  My guess is that it was either told to me in Sunday School, or was in a book I read to myself.  In any event, it has lived in my heart all these years as a beautiful reminder of the nature of goodness and the bond between man and animal.

Needless to say, I am grateful toJakob Streit for retelling it and to Floris Books for making it available in English so that we can share it with today's children.

Young slave Milon starts his journey at home in Athens.  When he sets sail on a ship bound for Italy his adventures really begin.  He narrowly escapes with his life in Pompei as the great volcano Vesuvius erupts and destroys the town; he experiences the colourful life of the metropolis of Alexandria in Egypt, and he faces a battle fo rlife and death in the Colosseum in Rome.

When he meets a small community of Christians in Rome, he finally gains his freedom and finds a purpose in life.  At the center of the story is Milon's relationship with a wounded lion who he bravely helps.  Will the lion remember him and return the favor when Milon faces death at the hands of the mighty Roman emperor?

Because this story presents the world of the early Christians in an engaging way for children, it is ideal for use in Steiner-Waldorf Class 6 (ages 11-12).