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Science in Ancient Rome (Science of the Past) Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Science of the Past
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531159167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531159163
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-8--Two well-researched and easy-to-understand titles. In addition to being packed with useful information about and insight into these ancient civilizations, each volume includes a helpful glossary and a final chapter that summarizes the peoples' achievements and discusses their legacy to modern science and technology. Harris details how the ancient Romans absorbed, redefined, and used the ideas and scientific information gathered from other cultures to develop new techniques and materials to improve their own lives. Woods offers a fascinating look at the ancient Egyptians' accomplishments in architecture, astronomy, mathematics, medicine (including a brief discussion of mummification), and science. What sets this series apart, however, is its format that includes clear, easy-to-read text; simple yet effective topic headings; excellent-quality, full-color photographs and reproductions; and Internet sites. Young people will enjoy these books in their own right but will also find a wealth of information for classroom reports and projects.

Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grandma TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
One of about twenty books that we are using this year in our homeschool study of Rome, the single most disappointing book we've seen this year is Science in Ancient Rome by Jacqueline Harris. This one arrived two days ago - and it is full of pretty pictures. But that is about the only good thing I can say for this book.

The writing is at best very choppy, with little transition even from one paragraph to the next. Frankly, it doesn't read quite as well as your average Cliff Notes. The book is full of facts (most undocumented, many mentioned nowhere else in any of the other 19 books) - but those facts are not explained in any way, making for very sparse reading. Even the section on various tools used by the Romans is a complete mystery, naming tools that I've never heard of (and my Dad loves to woodwork, owns every tool known to man) with no further explanation at all, to say nothing of an illustration that might illuminate the reader.

I had planned to use other books in this series a bit later in the year, but unless they are very, very different than this one we won't be bothering.
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Format: Paperback
As a teacher, I used this book in my 5th/6th grade classroom. My students found it really easy to use and full of great information. They preferred it to almost any other books on Rome, and we had about 14 in the classroom at the time. They really enjoyed learning about the technology, medicine and tools of the time, and thinking about them in relation/contrast to the Ancient Greeks.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison C. Risher on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Science in Ancient Rome is part of a wonderful series of books concerning science in different ancient cultures. My family has really enjoyed this book.
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