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Augustus Caesar's World

by Genevieve Foster

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Wonderful book for understanding scope of historical events. Her illustrations and charts make many things clear. Great study for folks (adults & kids) who struggle with dates, visual reference for historical events.
  RaskFamilyLibrary | Oct 26, 2012 |
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  scrappyhappymama | May 30, 2008 |
This is a book from the forties, from a series which, I am told, has been revived by the homeschool community. Each book in the series basically follows the life of some notable person and tells what else was happening in the world during that time. This book follows Augustus Caeser, of course. While it mostly focuses on the history of the Roman Empire during his era, it also offers glimpses of the life outside the empire from Gaul to Mayan Mexico. While it's hardly an in depth biography, it does offer a great overview. My only complaints are that Ms. Foster talks a lot about Jesus but seems to see him only as one of many great religious thinkers, and that she has the typical mid-20th Century worldview of progress. If you can get past those two problems, you should definitely check it out.
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Considered the innovator of "horizontal history," Genevieve Foster became frustrated when her two school-aged children complained about the boring presentation of history in their school texts. This frustration led to Foster's first book, George Washington's World (1941). In her unique approach, Foster weaves a story of the world around her central character; rather than focusing exclusively on geo-political events, as most textbooks do; she includes stories of scientific discovery and invention, music, literature, art, and religion. She has a keen intuition for stories that will especially delight and amuse her youthful audience. In Augustus Caesar's World, Foster traces the seven major civilizations Rome, Greece, Israel, Egypt, China, India, and Persia from 4500 B.C. to the time of Augustus Caesar in 44 B.C. and culminating in 14 A.D. Within this timeframe readers will learn not only the stories of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and Marc Antony, but also the historian Livy and how Virgil came to write the Aeneid. Foster will then take her readers all over the world to learn what was happening at this same time in China, Persia, India and so on. Foster's detailed pen and ink drawings are fresh and appealing, and her illustrated timelines give a clear sense of chronology, enriching the engaging text. An all-time customer favorite!

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Parallels comparative religious, social, and political forces which characterized and influenced the Roman Empire during the period just preceding and just following the birth of Christ. Examines contemporary events in Greece, Israel, Egypt, China, India, and Persia as well as Rome.… (more)

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