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Here too are facts about marriage and divorce in ancient cultures, the different kinds of clothes the ancients wore and how they fastened them in a time before zippers and Velcro, the magical ways in which ancient Egyptians interpreted dreams, the plants that were used as medicines in ancient civilizations, and much, much more. Here in a single volume is a collection of the most amazing, surprising, funny, unusual--and sometimes gruesome things that contributed to the daily lives of ancient people around the world. Hundreds of photos and illustrations.
Gr 5-8- Whether students are simply fascinated by trivia, or are searching for details to spice up a report, this volume will serve their purposes well. "Ancient Greek face whitener was made with lead and vinegar-very bad for the skin!" This is just one of the little-known facts gathered by experts at the British Museum. In the discussion on food and drink, a menu for a rich Roman's dinner party is included. Additionally, instructions for making a mummy are given in the section addressing death. The civilizations discussed include not only Greek, Roman, and Egyptian, but also Japanese, Chinese, Aztec, Mayan, Viking, and more. Fans of books like The Guinness Book of World Records will find this compendium equally captivating. Colorful illustrations and photographs help to create and maintain interest. As the directions state, "Choose a chapter that interests you, or just open the book and dip in. Have fun!"-Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX
Posted January 19, 2010
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