The Roman Way, by Edith Hamilton

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The Author Edith Hamilton was born on August 12, 1867 in Dresden, Germany while her mother was visiting relatives. Hamilton started to study Latin at the age of seven, memorized passages from the Bible and could also recite poetry. Even as a young girl, she was a "natural storyteller." She was determined to get a good education. After receiving her B.A. and M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1894 she studied the classics in Germany. From 1896 to 1922 she was the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Among some of her works are The Greek Way (1930), The Roman Way (1932), Mythology (1942), and The Echo of Greece (1957). Her books are so revered that Mythology remains the foremost introductory textbook about its subject. The…show more content…
It is in no sense a history of Rome, but an attempt to show what the Romans were as they appear in their great authors, to set forth the combination of qualities they themselves prove are peculiarly Roman, distinguishing them from the rest of antiquity.” (9) I interpret that to mean that you cannot get an accurate reconstruction of history without the personal letters and writings of the day to show us the quality of people of whom we are learning about. The book shows us how the Romans felt about being Roman. The pride that they had in their country. They were Romans first and foremost, and then individuals second. Hamilton tries to convey the fact that even as different as these authors were in their writings, they all shared a common thread. She states that their differences are superficial compared to their resemblances. Evaluation The Roman Way attempts to give us a glimpse into a history previously unseen before by utilizing the writings of several of Rome’s greatest literary minds. I believe that her intention was not to give an accurate and historical recollection of events, but to open our minds to the thoughts and feelings of actual Roman citizens. If you then pair this knowledge with the accurate history of Rome, I feel it is possible to get a deeper understanding of that period of time in history. Edith Hamilton uses the theatre of Plautus and Terence to show the comedic side of
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