Stories in Stone from the Roman Forum - Isabel Lovell
This book takes a very unusual approach to conveying the history of the Roman by telling the stories associated with particular building and landmarks of Rome, instead of presenting a chronological account. In addition to recounting many of the stories of Rome, the author explains Roman history, customs, religious beliefs and customs in considerable detail. An excellent choice for the an intermediate student who has already been introduced to Roman history but would like more insight into Roman society.
TRIUMPHAL PROCESSION ON THE SACRA VIA.
To tell "why" simply and clearly, is the exceedingly ambitious aim of this book. Not "how," which is the archaeologist's affair, but "why,"—why the Forum of Rome became the centre of the nation's life; why the Romans wore white togas; why the public Treasury was under Saturn's charge; why the basilicas were built; why the donkeys were decked with cakes during Vesta's festival; why the temples stood on high foundations; why the magnificent monuments crumbled into ruins; and many other "whys" that travellers wish to know, that historical readers seek, that young students enjoy. The stories are but retold, the facts restated, but no legend is narrated, no statement made, that is unvouched for by a recognized authority. It may be added that the illustrations have been inserted more as aids to the imagination than as material for scientific study.
NEW YORK,, September, 1902.