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- Print Length: 154 pages
- Publisher: DV Books (October 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4OAXXI
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What I think is particularly shrewd with Tales of Titans is its use, in the majority of cases, of fictional scenes that bring these titans to life, that makes them current. By that I mean we are presented with fictional, but plausible, scenes from their lives written in the present tense. These aren’t past tense descriptions of things that happened hundreds of years ago; no, they are depictions of things happening right now for the reader. Equally important, I feel, is the dialogue is written in the modern vernacular. What better way is there for me or, more importantly, a young student being introduced to history to understand and relate to these great figures and want to learn more about them? They’re speaking just like I do!
To this day, though I fervently want to read and understand Shakespeare, I am still put off by the language barrier. English though it may be, it is not in a form that is accessible to me. I need Shakespeare in the modern vernacular to help draw me in. Though much of the beauty of his language may be lost, it would help draw me in and be captivated by stories that otherwise remain beyond reach. It would be a “foot in the door” to create a passion for understanding Shakespeare’s genius. This is what Tales of Titans does, in my opinion. It provides that “foot in the door” for a passionate affair with history.
As mentioned previously, Volume One presents figures from ancient Rome through the Renaissance. I have a particular interest in these time periods, so this book was of special interest to me. Everyone should know something of the lives of Caesar Augustus, Constantine, Dante, Columbus, and da Vinci. They are all here, plus many more. Thought-provoking analysis is here also, including comparisons about the conflict between Sicarii rebels and the Roman Empire at Masada with our own modern day conflicts with radical Islamic terrorism. There is also a defense of Christopher Columbus that is worth reading before deciding to join the PC culture in deriding and diminishing this great explorer. Whether you agree with the points made is not the point. The point is it makes you want to learn more, and an uninformed opinion is just propaganda.
I will soon be reading Volume Two to complete my reading of the Tales of Titans set. For other laypeople like myself with an interest in learning of the great individuals that have shaped our world, but feel overwhelmed how to begin, Tales of Titans is the “foot in the door” that you need.
It is my honest opinion that books such as these would be a perfect learning tool; inspiring our youth to dig further into the lives of these individuals. DiSilvio is quick to explain his short dramatizations; as in, to what percent each has been fictionalized, including firm details of actual conversations and/or how no specific records exist, using instead, the outcome to fictionalize his historical short.
These essays begin in ancient Rome, running through the Renaissance. There is coverage of historical figures such as Augustus, Vespasian, Constantine, Dante, Columbus, da Vinci and more. This is a wonderful way to enjoy history!!!!