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Women in History - Women of Ancient Rome 1st Edition

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Grade 6-9-A well-researched and clearly written book for students interested in the period and for report writers. Nardo discusses the statuses of upper- and lower-class women, marriage and divorce, grooming and dress, roles in religion, and the changes women faced with the advent of Christianity. He also covers the legendary women who helped found Rome according to tradition. The text is supported with several quotes from modern scholars and classical writers. Unfortunately, the black-and-white reproductions and illustrations are rather grainy.
Lynda S. Poling, Long Beach Public Library, CA
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Reviewed with Louise Chipley Slavicek's The Women of the American Revolution.

Gr. 6-10. Books in the fascinating, in-depth Women in History series look at the roles of women during different eras. Well-organized and well written, the books are terrific examples of how good series nonfiction can be. Veteran writer Nardo examines the lives of women in Rome--aristocrat and slave, Christian and worshippers of the gods. He discusses their roles as wives, mothers, and women with lives outside the home. The book is also open (but not sensationalistic) about how sexuality affected Roman civilization (e.g., women didn't mind their husbands having sex with female slaves because it allowed them to space their pregnancies). In American Revolution, the expected discussions of women on the battlefield and on the home front are enhanced by an absorbing chapter devoted to camp followers, women too poor to live without their soldier husbands, and how they survived. There are also chapters about Native American and African American women. Although there's a gray sameness about the design, the print is a good size, and there are lovely, well-chosen black-and-white photographs and lithographs. Notes, bibliography, and a list of works consulted are appended. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Series: Women in History
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lucent Books; 1 edition (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590181697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590181690
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,130,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Don Nardo is a historian and award-winning writer who specializes in the ancient world, especially the civilizations of Greece and Rome. He began as a actor and worked with the National Shakespeare Company before turning to writing screenplays and teleplays and, soon afterward, devoting much of his time to historical research and writing. In the past two decades, he has published nearly two hundred volumes on diverse historical topics. And having earned numerous favorable reviews, he is widely recognized as the country's leading writer of historical works for young adults. He is also versed in various other subjects and as a result is frequently asked by publishers to write books on a number of scientific and literary topics.

Mr. Nardo also composes and arranges orchestral music, having started composing in his early teens. Over the years he has turned out more than eighty musical works, including 2 symphonies, 4 string quartets, several concertos, a film score, incidental music for stage productions, and several commissions, the most recent a double concerto for violin and Portuguese guitar written for two noted musicians. He is also the resident composer and arranger for the Amadis Orchestra, based in Connecticut. For more information, see his official web site at and his more extensive biography at Wikipedia.

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By A Customer on May 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This examination of ancient Roman women is short but superb. The research is thorough, the organization logical and easy to follow, and the writing lively. Although the author, a noted historian of ancient civilizations, has aimed the book at young readers, he has turned out much more than a children's book. His level of detail and frequent use of primary source quotations gives the volume a strong feeling of authenticity and makes it a great resource for adult readers as well. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in ancient Rome or women's issues or to history buffs in general.
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