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Ancient Egypt (Exploring the Ancient World Series)

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 what clothes ...

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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 what 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Dazzling images of authentic artifacts, places, and historical documents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 the baking ancient Egyptian sun, from turning the dead into mummies and building a pyramid block by block, to writing hieroglyphs on papyrus. Find out how the Egyptians prepared pharaohs for the afterlife, used slaves for labor, and created fine crafts and elegant clothes. Discover how they developed trade routes and harnessed the flooding of the Nile River for farming. Learn how the great civilization of Ancient Egypt still fascinates the world in the twenty-first century

Examines many different aspects of ancient Egyptian society, including religion, leisure, medicine, art, and technology.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Nonfiction fans will love this new title in the "History Beneath Your Feet" series. The mysteries of Ancient Egypt are shared with young readers in a format that is easy to follow and is complemented with many colorful photographs. The history of Egypt is explained without going into too much detail, but the real focus is on the incredible skills of the people--architecture, design, and art. Photographs of various stages of archeological digs and ruins that have been restored capture the intricate details that set this culture apart. There are also explanations of the techniques used on digs to preserve the ruins. Appendices include timelines, a glossary, and resources for further information. Most pages have information boxes to point out specific concepts. This book will be a wonderful addition to the history area in any library. 2000, Raintree Steck-Vaughn Company, Ages 6 to 12, $25.89. Reviewer: Carol Lynch—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These very brief overviews share similar formats and contents. Two-page sections introduce aspects of everyday life and culture, social structure, history, and the fall of each civilization. Color illustrations and photographs of varying quality depict domestic scenes, ruins, and period artwork. The texts are large and easy to read with short, often choppy sentences, and content is too superficial for reports. Louise James's How We Know about the Egyptians and How We Know about the Romans (both Peter Bedrick, 1997) are more informative and give some archaeological background.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433941580
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Series: Exploring the Ancient World Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,471,065
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Egypt and the Nile 4

Before the Pharaohs 8

Ancient Egypt 12

Egyptian Society 14

Religion and Ritual 28

Art and Architecture 38

Everyday Life 44

Egypt in Decline 54

The Legacy of Egypt 58

Timeline 61

Glossary 62

Further Reading and Web Sites 63

Index 64

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