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Heritage History~ Ancient Rome

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The mission of Heritage History is to make old-fashioned history books, written for the enjoyment of young people, easily available. The complete text of every book in their library can be read directly off the website, and both printable and e-Reader formats are available at the Heritage Store.

They originally organized these amazing collections of living books as library collections, but then they added a wonderful study guide so that each curriculum CD can be used as a stand alone curriculum.  Each curriculum cd includes biographies, legends, hero stories, and historical literature as well as comprehensive histories. In addition to books, study aids, including timelines, historical maps, and era summaries are provided in printable format.

The study guides are extremely complete, outlining tons of options for study at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels.

~Introductory histories are color coded green and are “chapter book” fourth grade level.

~Intermediate histories are color coded brown and are longer and more advanced for middle school level students.

~Advanced histories are color coded red and are accessible to college-prep high schoolers or “moderately sophisticated” adults.

*None of the histories are analytical, making them accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject.

For review we requested Ancient Rome to complement our study of Latin, and help us prepare better for the National Latin Exam. While my high school student has studied a year of Ancient Rome already, I see many of the books here are ones used in the living books curriculum we used. Some of these books we already have in our collection from her studies, but there are many more that will be of great use when my other two students are ready to study this era.

The Ancient Rome collection includes romantic stories for all students, from legends of early Roman heroes

that fascinate youngsters to stories of political turmoil in the imperial era that provide food for thought

to older students. Stories from Gothic, Carthaginian, and Byzantine history are also included.

~For review we received a curriculum CD:

Curriculum CD includes 45 books, 60+ maps, teaching aids, and a  ready to print  Study Guide for $24.99.


And a printed color study guide:

The Printed Color Study Guide can also be purchased separately (it’s the same as the one on the CD, but includes binder covers) for $24.99.


Gunn Ranch Academy visits Ancient Rome

I really want to start out here saying I feel a huge inadequacy describing all this curriculum has to offer. I was blown away by the sheer amount of material, options, pathways, and possibilities that this curriculum has to offer.

To begin with, I just can’t believe the price for such a library alone. I don’t tend to comment on price very often because everyone has such extreme differences in opinions of value and budgets available, but this curriculum is just amazing for the price. And adding the superb and multi-age inclusive study materials with it totally doubles the value. So there you have it on value and cost.

But where to begin on explaining this…I’m kind of at a loss. It’s really the ultimate living books, extra study aids included program.

My middle school student was absolutely thrilled to find their collection of ancient Rome maps. There are many different ones, from different sources, and this is something we had to try and pull together from several different sources when studying for the National Latin Exam this year.

This curriculum complements our current favorite history program so very well. I really love that the kids can just open up their student notebook and follow along with some extra commentary, timeline, and maps to visualize what they are studying. It’s all right there.

This curriculum CD has added so many more resources to choose from to our studies. While we won’t ever use every one of them, we have so much to choose from that I feel we will always have just what we need at just the levels we are at. And when an interest strikes to learn more, read further, research a bit more, well, there will be nothing to stop them from continuing the journey as far as they wish to go.

I’m pretty excited about adding a few more CD’s to our collection for next year. This came at just the right time while I was beginning to locate history resources for next year!! Thank You Heritage History!!

And if that’s not enough,   at the time of this review post Heritage History is offering a Spring Curriculum Sale! If you purchase two curriculum CDs you get a third free!

You can also enter a drawing to win a Kindle Fire with your choice of any Heritage Classical Curriculum CD!

Just a note about their e-books:


My Crew Mates reviewed a wide variety of Heritage History curriculum, so be sure to check out some other adventures over at the Crew Blog!

Happy Homeschooling!



* Disclaimer~ I received the Curriculum CD and printed study guide combination as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew for review purposes. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.


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