An original easy Italian reader by Francesca Colombo
‘The philosopher’, Marco Aurelio (121 – 180 CE), was the last of the ‘Five Good Emperors’ who ruled during the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability.
Join him and his son as they head off to the Colosseum for an afternoon of ‘entertainment’ – watching gladiators fight to the death.
The boy can’t wait! But his father is less than enthusiastic…
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at any level
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
How do I access my ebook?
When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your payment), a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook, where available, cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them. There’s a space to do that on the order form – where it says Additional information, Order notes (optional). If you forget, or if you have problems downloading the .pdf, don’t worry! Email us at the address on the website and we’ll help. Also, why not check out our FAQ?
Anita (verified owner) –
L’Imperatore e i giochi is a great story to read, especially having (almost) completed “La story di Roma (in the History section. There are lots of new words, so a little challenging but very interesting with information about Roman life during this time. The exercises at the end of each chapter are useful. As usual the level is good for me and despite the new vocabulary, I can follow the storyline. The narrator speaks very clearly. I can recommend this book!
Many thanks for leaving a review, Anita. We appreciate it!
Helen Hensley (verified owner) –
This is one of the best easy readers I have read. Interesting, and not TOO challenging. A great read.
Murrelia Wheatley (verified owner) –
I bought this reader to study with my teacher and a friend. The title drew me because of my interest in archaeology & ancient history, but the story itself was really enjoyable. As well as introducing new vocabulary, it offered us details of ancient Roman life we were unfamiliar with. Intrigued by some of the ideas and activities presented, most weeks I put together some background notes to give greater detail on these. While this wasn’t at all necessary, I enjoyed doing it and my teacher & fellow student appreciated it.
As a group, we agreed this was one of the best readers we have used (though we always enjoy them!). I highly recommend it.
Margaret (verified owner) –
The philosopher emperor is well known to me from years of dipping into his ‘Meditations’ , so the subject matter appealed to me. This book is not just an opportunity to read a story in Italian that can be re-read many times without boredom, but it’s also a great place introduction to Marcus Aurelius. He is really is worth knowing about.
This is a great story. The descriptions of the gladiators and their combat against each other together with what was happening among the general populace is excellent. The story became really vivid and alive in my imagination.
I really enjoy the little exercises after each chapter too, challenging my memory about what I’ve read.
I highly recommend this book.