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An Introduction to Ancient Rome

by Mauro LO DICO

ISBN978-4-939130-39-7 A4; 106 pp

The second installment in the Introduction to History series, An Introduction to Ancient Rome presents a straightforward and engaging narrative of one of the major origins of Western civilization. In 25 succinct topics, classical Roman history and culture, from its modest beginnings millennia ago to an enduring legacy still felt today, is now accessible to everyone.

Written in a lucid style for both non-native and younger native English speakers alike, each unit consists of four pages. The first pre-teaches vocabulary that will appear in the informative reading on the next page, where a corresponding visual such as a map or chart helps explain the text. The word count of successive readings slightly lengthens to accommodate the later, more detailed content as well as to aid in improving reading skills. The third page comprises comprehension exercises and the fourth page includes discussion questions that demonstrate how each subject is relevant to us today, a recommended homework research project to delve a little deeper into each issue, and a related image for added interest. Finally, the appendix lists simplified family trees of the most important imperial dynasties to show how power was transferred from one generation to the next.

This book, then, is the ideal place to begin learning about the ancient Romans, who have influenced much of the world through their language, law, religion, entertainment, engineering, and more!

A full Teacher's Manual is also available as a free pdf. Please contact the publisher or distributor directly to obtain your copy.


Use this book for:

  • Reading courses (or as a graded reader)
  • History courses
  • (Comparative) Culture courses
  • Classics courses
  • Self-study (as a resource)
  • Adult learners

 About the Author

Mauro Lo Dico is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he received a BA with honours in Greek archaeology at McGill University. He then studied Roman history at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he was awarded an MA. Next, at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, he completed his PhD in English literature and culture, specializing in the classical tradition. He now lectures on English and the Western classics as an associate professor at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan.


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