Thursday, March 20, 2003
A clear, intriguing portrait of ancient Roman life, with such customs as gladiator fights, chariot races and celebrations of the Saturnalia and the feast of Liberalia. Moss marginal notes in Galens engaging voice plus his sketches offer insight about food, dress ("Togas are impossible to drape by yourself") and hairstyles. Moss caps this account with Galens climactic discovery of a plot to poison Augustus so that Iullus Antonius can become emperor. Written for ages 8-12.