Why Are You Calling Me Barbarian? by Birgitta Petren

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It's the third century A.D. A Roman imperial army is marching north. Traveling with the soldiers are the cavalrymen, entire families, slaves, and livestock herders. After months of marching, the army camps at the very edge of the Roman Empire, near Cologne. And this is where a strange encounter takes place between Martilla, a young Roman slave girl, and Marbord, the son of a merchant from Scandia whom the Romans call a "barbarian." By sharing stories about their lives and lands, Martilla and Marbord come to know one another. Suddenly, someone so foreign doesn't appear strange at all.

About Birgitta Petren

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Birgitta Petren resides in Sweden and is the author of several books on the history of the Scandinavian people. Elisabetta Putini is a children's books author and lives in Rome.Lara Artone and Monica Barsotti studied graphics at the European Institute for Design and live in Rome.
Published January 1, 2000 by Sagebrush Education Resources. 60 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Originally published in Italy, this pricey volume sets up a stilted dialogue between two children living in the third century A.D.: Martilla, a nine-year-old Roman slave girl, and Marbord, the 11-year-old son of an arms merchant from Scandia.

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