A Short, Easy History of Ancient Rome


Book Details

Author  William Lynn Westerman
Publisher  A. J. Cornell Publications
Publication Date   February 21, 2011
Pages  61


This easy-to-understand history of ancient Rome (equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 80 pages), was written especially for the esteemed multi-volume reference work “World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture” (1920 edition).

Learn about the rise and fall of the ancient Roman Empire, with complete descriptions of such people, places, and things as Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, the Forum, the Colesseum, the Pantheon, the Punic Wars, the gladiators, Brutus, Claudius, Cicero, Caligula, Nero, and much more.


Part I: An Overview of Ancient Roman History
Part II: Details About the People, Places, and Things of Ancient Rome
Part III: Details About the Great Leaders of Ancient Rome

Sample passage:

It was not the architecture, however, that made the Forum the wonder of the ancient world, but the teeming life that flowed through it. Stately Romans in their flowing togas walked beneath its arches; dignified Senators hastened to it, intent on measures that might save or disrupt the empire; there was the echo of clashing arms from its walls, as soldiers returning victorious from some far province marched through it; and many a conquered enemy of royal rank was led captive under its arches. Here, in the Senate House, Cicero delivered those renowned speeches that overthrew Catiline; here Brutus made his defense after the death of Caesar, and here Mark Antony swayed the passions of the mob to vengeance and violence. The history of the world of that day was largely made here, for Rome was the all-important part of the world in those days of splendor.

About the Authors:
A. McCaleb was an Editor of “World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture.” William Lynn Westerman was Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin.

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