Famous Men of the Ages

Authors: John Haaren and A.B. Poland
Publisher: American Book Company, New York
Dates: 1904–1909

As an introduction to World History, for students of any age, one can hardly do better than the well known Famous Men Series, by John H. Haaren and A. B. Poland. These are exceptionally well written and beautifully illustrated works which very simply introduce the main characters of Western Civilization, beginning in Ancient Greece and ending in the mid 19th century. The first two volumes in the series are Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome. Although these books are organized as a collection of biographies, they can be read as an introductory history because the characters are part of a single civilization, and their lives are woven together in a fairly seamless manner. The later two books, Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Famous Men of Modern Times, provide excellent portraits of many of the most important characters in British and European history. They are just as well written and interesting as the former two, but are unable to weave the lives of the characters into a coherent narrative simply because they occur over such disparate times and societies.

Famous Men of Greece   by John Haaren   94 credits
Biographical sketches of thirty-five of the most prominent characters in Greek history, from legendary times to the fall of Greece. It begins with the great heroes of Greek Mythology and then follows prominent Greek leaders from the earliest days of Spartan and Athens to the decline of Greece during the Hellenistic era . Each story is told in a clear, simple manner and is well calculated to awaken the youthful imagination.

Famous Men of Rome   by John Haaren   96 credits
Attractive biographical sketches of twenty-eight of the most prominent characters in the history of ancient Rome, from its founding to its fall. Includes most of the best known characters from the kingdom and republic of Rome, as well as the most prominent personages from the imperial age. Each story is told in a clear, simple manner, and is well calculated to awaken and stimulate the youthful imagination.

Famous Men of the Middle Ages   by John Haaren   98 credits
Attractive biographical sketches of thirty-five of the most prominent characters in the history of the Middle Ages, from the barbarian invasions to the invention of the printing press. Subjects include Rollo the Viking, Henry the Fowler, Canute the Great, Peter the Hermit, Marco Polo, and many more. Each story is told in a clear, simple manner, and is well calculated to awaken and stimulate the youthful imagination.

Famous Men of Modern Times   by John Haaren   119 credits
Biographical sketches of thirty-three of the most famous characters from the age of the Renaissance in Europe to the late nineteenth century. Included are well-known greats such as Charles V, Solyman the Magnificent, Drake, Raleigh, Richelieu, Louis XIV, Newton, Peter the Great, Washington, Pitt, and Napoleon as well as many others.