Ancient African Kingdoms (Exploring the Ancient World Series)
  • Ancient African Kingdoms (Exploring the Ancient World Series)
  • Ancient African Kingdoms (Exploring the Ancient World Series)

Ancient African Kingdoms (Exploring the Ancient World Series)

by Sean Sheehan
     
 

Why did the Egyptians build magnificent pyramids? How did the Incas keep accurate records? What was life like at the opulent African courts? Why did the Romans stage cruel gladiator contests? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Exploring the Ancient World. Investigate how each civilization rose to power. Understand how it created a culture with

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Overview

Why did the Egyptians build magnificent pyramids? How did the Incas keep accurate records? What was life like at the opulent African courts? Why did the Romans stage cruel gladiator contests? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Exploring the Ancient World. Investigate how each civilization rose to power. Understand how it created a culture with politics, religion, art, music, trade, and warfare. Discover what everyday life was like-what people believed, what they ate and drank, and clothes and jewelry they wore. Learn about the fascinating legacy each ancient world has left for us today.

Each book includes:

Dazzling images of authentic artifacts, places, and historical documents

Easy-to-read text that traces the development of each civilization

Full-color maps that show how each empire expanded

Quotations from real people about life at the time

Timeline of important events that changed the world

Explore life under vivid ancient African skies, from the magnificent Benin royal courts and the intricate artwork of the Asante, to the sophisticated warfare of the Zulu and the fascinating spirit world of the Edo. Learn how the kingdoms of Benin, Mali, Ghana, Great Zimbabwe, and others rose to power. Discover how they developed cultures, belief systems, and trade routes. Learn about how the great cultures of these ancient African kingdoms influence modern African countries in the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 6�8—The Aztec and Incan kingdoms are surveyed, from the civilizations that influenced them to their demise at the hands of Spanish conquistadors. The ambitious Ancient African Kingdoms attempts to cover nine kingdoms, 2500 years, and a whole continent in 60 pages. It all becomes a little confusing and, in some cases, contradictory. Although these name- and date-laden texts lay their content out with nearly mechanical organization and language, they don't (as some books do) sap all of the mystery and marvel from their subjects. Despite a design that sacrifices white space for typeface size, with narrow margins and gutters and tight line spacing that hampers readability, the decent maps and good photos of artifacts and sites may prompt further exploration. Short lists of sources will not be of much help in this regard, and other niceties are disregarded also—there is no pronunciation help, and glossary words are not bolded in the text. The authors are up front about the less savory aspects of each culture—Aztec mass human sacrifice and bloodletting, the Inca habit of giving girls as gifts, and the participation of later African kingdoms in the slave trade—but occasionally, judgmental language slips in (a turquoise mosaic mask is described as being "horrific," the Aztec religion as "gruesome"). The Aztec Empire and The Incan Empire would make good companions for the "National Geographic Investigates" books on the same subjects, but Victoria Sherrow's Ancient Africa: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Africa's Past (2007) in that series is much superior to Ancient African Kingdoms.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433941573
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2010
Series:
Exploring the Ancient World Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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