Ancient Rome (Eyewitness Books)

by Simon James

Paperback, 1995



Local notes

937 Jam (c.2)




DK Children (1995)


A photo essay documenting ancient Rome and the people who lived there as revealed through the many artifacts they left behind, including shields, swords, tools, toys, cosmetics, and jewelry.


Original language


Original publication date

xxxx (1e édition originale anglaise, Eyewitness Books, DK)
1990 (1e traduction et édition française sous le titre "Rome la conquérante", Les yeux de la Découverte, Gallimard jeunesse)
2002-10-09 (Nouvelle édition française reformatée sous le titre "Rome la conquérante", Les yeux de la découverte, N° 24, Gallimard jeunesse)
2010-04-01 (Nouvelle édition française reformatée sous le titre "Rome la conquérante", Les yeux de la découverte, N° 28, Gallimard jeunesse)
2015-09-17 (Nouvelle édition française reformatée sous le titre "L'empire romain", Les yeux de la découverte, N° 17, Gallimard jeunesse)

Physical description

10.98 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member timothyl33
Informative with plenty of pictures. However, I felt that this book wasn't as effective in giving an idea of how the Romans actually lived in their society as other junior history books on the Romans does. I guess an analogy would be a children's history book on our era only having pictures of
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iPods, TVs, game consoles, without really getting into a general detail as to how they lived with all these items.
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LibraryThing member JessicaSchroeder
This is a book that details many aspects of Ancient Rome. It discusses roles and responsibilities, wars and warriors, growing up, transportation, death, theater and arts, and much much more. It provides great information and pictures of things that Ancient Romans used or had.
LibraryThing member gemerritt
Simon James manages to redeem his earlier issues in this book. While still a reference book with a focus on the broad strokes, the use of artifacts and imagery from the ancient art (or reproductions thereof makes this book seem more complete and thought out. My major complaint this time, though, is
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the time spent on the more harsh aspects of Roman life. As often occurs in books about the Romans, the author spends a lot of time on the military and the arena; while the military was essential to Rome and the arena an important cultural touchstone, they arent the only things the Romans did. This book does at least try to balance things out with other topics, but the inevitable overfocus on the gladiatorial combat is a little disappointing. The layout of this book will appeal to younger readers who prefer images and brief captions, though this one is tougher to track where the captions belong than some others might be. The organization by idea is pretty good too, though sometimes the pages get a little cluttered.
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½ (23 ratings; 4)
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