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By Simon James

Historical Rome is one other within the magnificent Eyewitness Books reference sequence for kids. fascinating, informative textual content mixed with plenty of nice colour pictures deliver the Roman Empire to life.
Artifacts from the day-by-day lives of slaves and emperors alike make the folks appear actual, their actions fast. exact treats are the glass marbles--just like teenagers play with today--and centurion armor. an exceptional addition to a tender historian's bookshelf.

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Gold, silver, lead, copper, iron, and other metals were widely used by the Romans. Mining and extracting metal from ore and melting it to pour into molds were also understood, although the Romans could not make furnaces hot enough to melt iron, so they hammered it into shape while it was hot (forging). Metals were mixed to make alloys such as bronze, a mixture of copper and tin. Roman bronze often had zinc in it as well, giving it a gold color. Silver mirror Mirror glass was not yet invented in Roman times, so polished metal was used instead.

Here, team—in the capital, the four teams were the men and women could sit together, unlike at the Blues, Greens, Reds, and Whites, owned by the The winner gladiatorial and theatrical A victorious shows. The poet Ovid emperor. People followed their favorite teams charioteer (above) records that it was a good received a victor’s and drivers with the passion of modern sports place to meet a boyfriend palm and a purse of or a girlfriend! supporters. Sometimes rivalry between fans led gold, and was hailed as a hero.

Cemeteries grew up outside the gates. The best spots were next to the road, where passers-by would see the graves and remember the people buried there, so giving them a kind of immortality. Remembering the dead, especially the family ancestors, was very important to Romans. Perhaps the most famous “burial” of all is the burial of towns around the base of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, in 79 ce. This volcano exploded with violent intensity one summer’s afternoon, and cast a rain of burning pumice and ashes all over the towns and countryside around it, burying everything up to 13 ft (4 m) deep.

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