*Originally appeared on our homeschool blog, Benoit Academy*
Being history freaks, especially ancient history, I was so excited to be able to review The Book of the Ancient Romans set from Memoria Press! Memoria Press is a family-run publishing company that produces classical Christian education for all ages. The Book of the Ancient Romans set was written by Dorothy Mills back in the 1920’s and is geared towards middle school aged children (grades 6 – 8). Memoria Press was able to bring these books back into publication and even add illustrations!
If you are interested in ancient Rome, then this is a great way to get started. The Book of the Ancient Romans starts the journey with the legendary story of how Rome was started with the she-wolf, Romulus and Remus. You can’t start an ancient Roman lesson without knowing that first! J14 worked on this set and was over-the-top excited when I showed it to her!
Included in the set:
- Text Book
- Teacher Guide Book
- Student Guide
Text Book has 435 pages and includes 25 Chapters starting with an introductory about the book. The Book of the Ancient Romans text book covers everything from The Rome of Myth and Legend all the way through Preservation of the Ancient Heritage.
Chapters are divided into six different parts – an introductory part and then Parts I – IV:
- Introductory part – covers The Rome of Myth and Legend where you learn about the Land of Italy, early people, the founding of Rome, Seven Kings and the Roman Society in the Days of the Kings.
- Part I: Rome, the Mistress of Italy
- Part II: Rome, the Mistress of the Mediterranean
- Part III: Rome, the Mistress of the World
- Part IV: The Decline and Fall of Rome
Teacher Guide book has the answers to the Student Guide book plus 5 Tests and the Final Exam. The tests and final exam are not included in the Student Guide so you have the blank tests for the students and a set with the answers.
Student Guide is the 77 page workbook that goes along with the text book. This includes easy, quick 2 page lessons. Each lesson involves Facts to Know (a few key places and people of the reading section from the text book), Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions and Activities. Activities include creating a timeline to keep track of the major events throughout this study. This set does not include one for you so we looked some up online and found this free one that is easy to print out and put into a folder. Each lesson is clearly marked in the Table of Contents and gives you the Text book pages to read beforehand. The number of pages to read vary from a handful to 20+. There are also Reviews after sections of lessons. These are much longer than the Lessons since they cover all of the Vocabulary and Facts for those groups of Lessons.
Our Thoughts: When a child is excited to learn, it makes it so much easier for them to grasp the lessons. I can’t tell you how many times J14 came to me saying, “Mom! Mom! Mom! Guess what I just learned!”. I let her work on this set by herself, since that is how she works best, and I would look over her work when completed. The books do not tell you when the Tests should come so I give them to her after she completes the Reviews. We are still working on this set and will continue to use it. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Ancient Romans!
Where To Buy: You can find The Book of the Ancient Romans on the Memoria Press website for $39.95.
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