I just got the book hope it is intersting
Just bought this book and am thinking of doing it as a read aloud with my 9th grade class. Is this appropriate for them? The era a time they willl study in World History and am hoping to build a little background knowledge on that time period.
It does have some mature themes: sex in general, homosexual and heterosexual rape, violence and crucifixion, and more. I really liked the book and I'm sure most students of that age can handle it, but I'd hesitate before reading this aloud, at least without communicating with the parents first.
Also, There are some inaccuracies about the dates and builders of monuments in Rome. For example, the author attributed the building of the Pantheon and its current circular design to Marcus Agrippa. It is a common mistake, but the Pantheon that exists today was but by Hadrian close to 100 years after the original burned down. The original was built by Agrippa in the shape of a T. Chose a book that has accurate historical facts.