Roman diary

the journal of Iliona of Mytilini, who was captured by pirates and sold as a slave in Rome, A. D. 107

By Platt, Richard & Parkins, David

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When Iliona's ship is boarded by pirates, she ends up in Rome as a slave. Separated from her brother, Apollo, Iliona is soon at the whim of her owners, and the chance of regaining freedom seems like a distant dream.

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978-0-76363-480-3
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

Gr 4-7 This oversize volume follows the fictional musings of a girl in second-century Rome. Born into a wealthy Greek family, Iliona and her brother, Apollo, are captured by pirates while on a journey to Egypt and she is sold as a slave to a senator in Rome. The subsequent diary entries detail life, including relaxing at the public baths, doing chores, and watching gladiatorial games at the Coliseum. Elements of diet, religion, social customs, and politics are included in the...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

This oversize, heavily illustrated volume is presented as the diary of Iliona, a young Greek girl captured and sold as a ho...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on May 12, 2009

Richard Platt brings ancient history vividly to life through the eyes of a girl who, despite her capture, is curious about being brought to Rome, "the very center of the world." No detail escapes Iliona's notice, and readers are introduced to many aspects of Roman life, including the baths built by Nero, a military parade, aqueducts, the senate, and gladiators. Charged with caring for the master's young daughter, educated with his sons, and finding that she is not chained at any time, Iliona r...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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