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Children's Fiction Ancient Civilizations

Roman Diary

The Journal of Iliona, A Young Slave

by (author) Richard Platt

illustrated by David Parkins

Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Ancient Civilizations, City & Town Life, European
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
    List Price

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"Like Platt’s previous ‘diaries’ about castles, pirates, and ancient Egypt, this offers an accessible introduction to history." — Booklist

Iliona never imagined that her sea voyage from Greece to Egypt would lead to Rome, but when she is captured by pirates and auctioned off as a slave, that’s where she lands. Readers are invited to view the wonders of Rome through Iliona’s eyes—the luxury, the excess, and the politics.
Back matter includes notes for the reader, a glossary, an index, and sources.

About the authors

Richard Platt's profile page

Phyllis Root is the author of BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD and many other award-winning books for children. She says, " Aunt Nancy is my grandmothers and aunts — women who never let the world get the better of them — all rolled into one." She lives in Minneapolis.
David Parkins has illustrated numerous books for children, including WEBSTER J. DUCK by Martin Waddell and Egyptian Diary by Richard Platt. He lives in Lincoln, England. C

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Editorial Reviews

The episodic narrative holds readers’ attention while presenting characters from various aspects of Roman life, such as a senator, a soldier, field slaves, and entertainers…Truthful to history.
—School Library Journal

Other titles by Richard Platt

Other titles by David Parkins