In lessons 4 and 5 of The Mystery of History, Volume II, we learned about "Nero" and "Martyrs of the Early Church," respectively. This spans the time of about A.D. 37 to 257. In these two lessons, we learned about the early Roman emperors, the Colosseum, and the many hardships the early Christians faced. This post just shows some of the supplemental literature we used for these two lessons.
I use this book, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, CONSTANTLY in our history studies because of the many great, colorful illustrations (see below).
It illustrates the chariot races that Nero loved so much.
Here is a picture of the Colosseum during its height of popularity.
"Many Christians were thrown to the lions for public entertainment."
Here is a picture depicting the Christians in the catacombs under the streets of Rome, meeting in secret to pray and worship together.
Next, we read The Gladiators by Tomas Tuma.
It's a really neat, book, with a board book inside, shaped like a Colosseum.
After that, it was onto this Usborne See Inside Ancient Rome flap book. We studied pages 12-14, featuring the Colosseum in its heyday, and at present, in ruin.
We love Usborne flap books!
Our last supplemental book was this one, National Geographic's Wonders of the Ancient World. We read "Colosseum at Rome: Monument with a Disreputable History" on pages 92-93 (pictures below).
Maggie enjoyed seeing the pictures of what the Colosseum once looked like versus the ruins of it that stand today.
In this picture, you can see the many chambers that were below the floor level.
After our reading, we watched this video on YouTube of a lyre being played (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX9kPR29Riw). It is said that as Rome burned, Nero sat at his window, nonchalantly playing the lyre.
In honor of Polycarp, the Christian martyr who was said to have emitted a sweet aroma as he was burned, "as the breath of incense," we lit some incense (frankincense).
Once it was lit, we prayed for Christian martyrs and persecuted Christians everywhere.
May your faith in our Lord hold fast!