From the first settlers of Italy through the end of the Empire of the West in AD 476, The Story of the Romans retells as an engaging narrative the history of Ancient Rome and the stories of its famous leaders and citizens. In 106 lessons, we learn of the legend of Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, the seven kings of Rome, the rise of the Roman Republic, the Punic Wars, Caesar’s conquests, the Roman Empire, the Christianization of the Empire, and much more. We meet the good and the just; the wicked and proud: Tarquinius Superbus, Horatius, Coriolanus, Cincinnatus, Tiberius and Caius Gracchus, Archimedes, Cicero, Nero, and Constantine, to name just a few.
Miss Guerber relates in her preface her intention for The Story of the Romans. She writes, “The aim is not only to instruct, but to interest, school children, and to enable them, as it were in play, to gain a fair idea of the people and city of which they will hear so much. This book is also planned to serve as a general introduction to the study of Latin, which most pupils begin before they have had time to study history. With little, if any, knowledge of the people who spoke the language they are learning, children cannot be expected to take so lively an interest in the study as they would if they knew more.”