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The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    Coherent and entertaining

    This really is a world history of ancient cultures--it ranges from Mesopotamia all the way east to the Chinese coast and all the way west to the British Isles. Bauer uses original sources as well as plenty of myths and legends to illuminate the bare-bones facts of history, fulfilling her promise to give us a glimpse not only of what ancient peoples did, but what they thought and feared. As an avid reader, I've read plenty of history, and I've delved deep into some areas. The wonderful quality of THIS book is that it allows me to link my knowledge of my favorite historical eras with my much sketchier and sometimes nonexistent knowledge of others. There's plenty to think about here, and plenty to disagree with--Bauer doesn't just give facts. She tells an interpretive story that centers around why and how some men--and much less frequently, women--are able to gain power over others. But agree or disagree, you'll find yourself constantly going back to her framework as you plug in other pieces of historical knowledge.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    Student of history: This is a must read for any serious student

    This book engaged me from the first page to the last. It is organized in small, readily digested chapters. Though the subject is sweeping in scope, it is covered in sufficient detail. One thing different about this is book is that the author does not adhere to the general hero worship of the so called great men/women of history, many of whom were despotic murderers. She portrays in a just the facts manner. I have read and reread this book several times and consider it an indespensible addition to my library.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    A reviewer

    Loved it. Looking forward to the next volume in the series. Enjoyed the humor, which was not overdone. Still thinking about it days later, and I miss reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Excellent

    Well written, highly readable survey of ancient history. It's too bad most history textbooks are not as well done. If you are looking for one book to provide general knowledge of the period that provided the foundation for Western Civilization. It's fun too. Find out what Bugs Bunny knew about ancient kings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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