Lives and Stories of the Ancients
Authors: Rev. Alfred J. Church
Publisher: G. P. Putnam & Sons
|ALFRED J. CHURCH (1829 - 1912)|
Alfred Church was a classicist, who wrote books for young
people in many genres. The books in this series can be
considered episodic history
. Each chapter tells the
story of a particularly interesting person or event, in moderate detail.
These books are most enjoyable for an intermediate or advanced
student who is already familiar with Greek and Roman history,
and desires to increase his knowledge.
In Roman Life in the Days of Cicero, for example, Church gives
us chapters on Verres, one of the most corrupt magistrates in
Ancient Rome, and Atticus, a close friend, and Cicero's banker,
as well as stories about more well known contemporaries such as
Caesar and Pompey. In Pictures from Roman Life and Story Church
tells stories about Livia, the wife of Augustus, the Piso
Conspiracy during Nero's reign, and tells detailed stories
of Otho, Galba, and Vitellius, the three emperors who each reigned
briefly in 69 A.D. In his book on Greek history, he also gives
interesting stories that are sometimes passed over in introductory courses.
For anyone interested in a classical education, Church's books are an
invaluable resource. He is especially gifted at exciting a real interest
in history in the intermediate student; and provides a perfect transition
from introductory level history books to college studies.
Roman Life in the Days of Cicero by Alfred J. Church
Cicero's public life in Rome corresponded to the last four decades of the Roman Republic. He was a young man during the proscriptions of Sulla and Marius, and an old man at the Death of Julius Caesar. Although he did not write any comprehensive history himself, his speeches and letters give great insight into the goings-on of the times. This collection of anecdotes is mostly derived from the writings of Cicero and refer to characters with whom he had personal interactions.82 credits
Pictures from Greek Life and Story by Alfred J. Church
This is not a comprehensive history of Greece, but rather a series of stories and anecdotes pertaining to the golden age of Athens, from the age of Solon (about 600 B.C.) to the death of Socrates (400 B.C.). Although a few Spartans and Thebans (Leonidas, Pausanias, Epaminondas) are mentioned, the heroes of Athens: Miltiades, Aristides, Themistocles, Pericles, Alcibiades and others are the central characters. Rather than giving an introductory account, this books assumes a familiarity with Greek history and tells the stories of its heroes in fascinating detail appropriate for high school or older students. 102 credits
Pictures from Roman Life and Story by Alfred J. Church
This is not a comprehensive history of Rome, but rather a series of stories and anecdotes pertaining to the early years of the empire, specifically the first two centuries A.D. Most of the emperors between Augustus and Aurelius are portrayed, as well as important characters such as Maecenas, Horace, Agricola, Pliny, Martial, Livia, Seneca and others. 107 credits