Prepare yourself to enter the study of Ancient Rome with some excellent Teacher homeschool history resources for this time period. Here you will find resources which the parent/teacher will want to reference, use as a thread book as well as pass on to the older students as good reference materials.
Further on the page, you will find Historical Sources such as Life of the Caesars and Plutarch's Lives - places where the students can read the primary source material as they pursue a deeper understanding of Ancient Rome.
One essential resource on your bookshelf is a Cultural Atlas of Ancient Rome.
|Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Rome
By Mike Corbishley / Facts On File
Ancient Rome, Revised Edition presents the world of the Romans. Two thousand years ago, they were the strongest, most advanced civilization on the globe. Their arts and architecture, legal system, science and technology, and military might were unparalleled.
The History of an Empire, the first part of this volume in the Cultural Atlas for Young People set, tells the story of the Romans as they grew from a limited republic into the most important and powerful empire in the ancient world. Maps illustrate specific themes or topics, and charts give important dates and events aiding students in the understanding of Roman history. Topics covered include the mysterious Etruscans, the rise of Julius Caesar, Roman men and women, the Roman baths, imperial Rome, and the Roman ship. The second part, The Geography of an Empire, looks at the effect the Romans had on the lands they conquered. Detailed maps show the extent of the empire, from Africa to Britain to Asia. Topics discussed in this part include the Roman town, buildings and technology, the Roman villa, Greece, and the exotic East.
Ancient Rome, Revised Edition offers a lively account of the Roman civilization through text, maps, charts, and illustrations. Clear presentation and a wealth of information about the geography, society, politics, religion, and arts of this important period of history guide readers through the Roman civilization's important past. Additional features that expand on and supplement the textual narrative include a glossary, further reading section, gazetteer, and index. Reading Level: Grades 3-6.
Some families prefer the Penguin Cultural Atlas Series.
|Invitation to the Classics
By Edited by Louise Cowan & Os Guinness / Bakerbooks
The classics have always occupied a place in the hall of education, yet some Christians tend to lean either towards a Puritanical dismissal of art as "irreligious", or they twist the arts into altered, pro-Christian mediocrity. Invitation to the Classics expounds upon what it means to have a Christian view of literature, including its benefits, aesthetics and place in culture. Classics from a variety of authors including Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Dante, Shakespeare, Pascal, Swift, Emerson, Dickens, Tolstoy, Lewis and others are all viewed with an in depth literary and biographical assessment. Each author is introduced with literary analysis of their most famous works, impact upon time, posterity and "Issues to Explore" discussion questions. 384 pages, indexed, softcover.
Streams of Civilization are excellent reference books. We have also used this series with our older children as their own spinebook. They have read and summarized from this book as well as used this to write essays and do extra research work.
|Streams of Civilization, Volume 1
By Mary Stanton / Christian Liberty Press
Most history textbooks are written from a secular viewpoint, but this introductory text is different! Providing a comprehensive look at Western, African, and Asian civilizations from creation to 1620, it affirms the biblical view of creation (though it discusses evolution) and gives your kids insight into other cultures and religions from a Christian perspective. Includes vocabulary questions, exercises, maps, and black-and-white illustrations. Ideal for grades 9 and up. 410 pages, hardcover from Christian Liberty Press.
Absolutely essential book as an overview of all time periods!
|The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Revised Edition
The past never felt so present! Exploring world history throughout 10 chronological periods from 40,000 B.C. to 2003, this newly updated resource overflows with fascinating facts, in-depth articles, and at-a-glance summaries that bring the story of civilization to life. Brimming with lavish full-color artwork and punctuated with lists of important events---plus online links for further information---it offers a can't-put-down gallery of learning. (Includes some discussion of evolution.) 491 pages, hardcover.
|Ancient History from Primary Sources: A Literary Timeline--Book and CD-ROMs
By Harvey & Laurie Bluedorn / Trivium Pursuit
It's the next best thing to being there! Spanning creation to the fall of Rome, and covering Augustine to Zeno, this textbook/timeline/primary source library outlines the major events and personalities from antiquity-->32MB RAM, Windows 95 or Macintosh. 222 pages, softcover from Trivium Pursuit.
|The Annals of the World: James Ussher's Classic Survey of the World, Book and CD-ROM
By James Ussher / Master Books
Spanning creation to A.D. 70, Archbishop Ussher's 17th-century masterpiece recorded world history---and made it! Now his influential classic is available in modern English. Completely indexed, precisely dated, and filled with fascinating historical detail from the ancient world, it's a must-have reference for your library or classroom. Includes a CD-ROM of Ussher's chronology. 960 pages, slipcased hardcover from Master Books.
|Josephus: The Essential Writings
By Paul L. Maier, ed. / Kregel Publications
"The translation is fresh and exciting. The charts, maps, and illustrations make the book even more useful. This is a must for every pastor who wants to read Josephus,"---Prokope. A careful condensation of Jewish Antiquities and The Jewish War, enhanced by photographs, maps, and illustrations. 416 pages, softcover. Kregel.
By Robert Fitzgerald / Random House, Inc
Virgil's Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic of arms and heroism-the searching portrait of a man caught between love and duty, human feeling and the force of fate-that has influenced writers for over 2,000 years. Filled with drama, passion, and the universal pathos that only a masterpiece can express, The Aeneid is a book for all time and all people. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald.
|Lives of the Caesars
By Suetonius / Oxford University Press
Seutonius' graphic account of the death of Julius Caesar is only one of many extraordinary scenes in Lives of the Caesers, a series of twelve biographies of Roman emperors beginning with Julius Caesar and ending with Domitian. As a fund of fascinating, often outrageous anecdotes, Suetonius' work is unrivalled: Caligula's plan to make his horse consul, Nero singing while Rome burns, tales of adultery, perversion, murder - every vice is exposed and recorded. Less celebrated but equally significant are the edifying descriptions of Augustus' splendid redevelopment of the city of Rome, and Titus' decision to put the state before his love for Berenice. Suetonius' accounts of the achievments and eccentricities of emperors, as well as being highly entertaining, give us valuable insights into the excersise of imperial power in ancient Rome.
Plutarch's Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory. Richly anecdotal and full of detail, Volume I contains profiles and comparisons of Romulus and Theseus, Numa and Lycurgus, Fabius and Pericles, and many more powerful figures of ancient Greece and Rome.
The present translation, originally published in 1683 in conjunction with a life of Plutarch by John Dryden, was revised in 1864 by the poet and scholar Arthur Hugh Clough, whose notes and preface are also included in this edition.
|Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2
Plutarch himself says, ""It is not histories I am writing, but lives; and in the most glorious deeds there is not always an indication of virtue of vice, indeed a small thing like a phrase or a jest often makes a greater revelation of a character than battles where thousands die." Plutarch (Life of Alexander/Life of Julius Caesar, Parallel Lives, [tr. E.L. Bowie])
These biographies are contained in Volumes 1 and 2.