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 THIS elementary history of Rome, since it is intended
for very young readers, has been related as simply
and directly as possible. 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. Many a schoolboy is
plunged into the Commentaries of Cæsar before having
any idea of the life of that great man; and, as the
information gained about him through the Latin is
necessarily acquired piecemeal and slowly, it is no
great wonder that Cæsar has been vaguely, yet
vindictively, stigmatized as "the fellow who fought a lot
of battles just so he could plague boys."
By gaining a general idea of the great heroes of Roman
history, a child's enthusiasm can be so roused
that Latin will be connected ever after—as it should
be—with a lively recollection of the great men who
spoke and wrote it.
To secure this end, the writer has not only told the
main facts of Roman history, but has woven in the
narrative many of the mythical and picturesque tales
which, however untrue, form an important part of
classical history, literature, and art.
Govern-  ment, laws, customs, etc. have been only lightly
because children are most interested in the sayings
and doings of
This volume may be used merely as a reader or first
history text-book, but the teacher will find that, like
"The Story of the
Greeks," it can also serve as a fund of stories for
oral or written
reproduction, and as an aid to the study of European
Maps, illustrations, and index have been added to enhance
its usefulness and attractiveness, and wherever a
occurs for the first time, the pronunciation has been carefully
marked as given by the best authorities.
The writer trusts that "The Story of the Romans" may prove
sufficiently interesting to young readers to make
them look forward to reading and learning more about the people
they are now introduced.