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From the earliest settlements to the fall of the great Hellenic Empire, here are the cultures, the battles, the lifestyles and legacies of one of the world's greatest civilizations. Featuring the latest scientific and archaeological findings and research, each volume in this series is dramatically designed and illustrated to spark the curiosity of young readers.

Explores the history of the early civilizations of Greece, as well as ...

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Overview

From the earliest settlements to the fall of the great Hellenic Empire, here are the cultures, the battles, the lifestyles and legacies of one of the world's greatest civilizations. Featuring the latest scientific and archaeological findings and research, each volume in this series is dramatically designed and illustrated to spark the curiosity of young readers.

Explores the history of the early civilizations of Greece, as well as their architecture, art, poetry, drama, and music.

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Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
This book is part of the "Nature Company Discovery Library," a new reference series for children published by Time-Life Books. The text is engaging and offers a wealth of information including how the Olympic games began, what foods the ancient Greeks ate, medicines they used, and backgrounds of the famous Greek scientists and philosophers. Large colorful illustrations, maps, and photographs of ancient artifacts accompany the text. Each illustration and photograph has a caption giving anecdotes and dated information. The section on art and science has a four-page pullout illustrating an ancient Greek theater. A fascinating and fact-filled resource for children.
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Gr 4-7--While focusing on the Classical and Hellenistic periods, this overview spans from Cycladic and Minoan times through the fall of Greece to Rome. Through standard double-page topic treatments, various aspects of ancient history and culture are presented in direct, bite-sized portions. Bright and inviting original artwork and museum reproductions appear throughout the short chapters to illustrate such topics as livelihoods, dress, education, and war making. Similar in scope and content to Anne Pearson's Ancient Greece (Knopf, 1992) and Fiona Macdonald's How Would You Survive as an Ancient Greek! (Watts, 1996), Ancient Greece aims its briefer text and large main illustrations at a slightly younger audience. Flaws are few (e.g., though the Mycenaeans are featured, Mycenae is not identified on the map). While not an essential purchase, this well-produced, well-organized title should be a useful addition in libraries where the subject is popular.--Coop Renner, Coldwell Elementary-Intermediate School, El Paso, TX
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A collection of information organized into four sections: "The Greek World," "Living in Ancient Greece," "Arts and Sciences," and "Foreign Affairs." An entry in the Nature Company Discovery Series, the book is a visual feast, full of images and beautifully designed, and some of the clearest illustrations found in any book in a very crowded field. The text, on the other hand, suffers from oversimplification (stating as bald fact that Homer was an eighth-century b.c. poet who retold The Iliad and The Odyssey, or that the Greeks rebuilt Athens in 447 b.c.), and assumes knowledge on the part of readers they're unlikely to have. Little is covered in this volume that is not available in dozens of better books for this age group.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780783548012
  • Publisher: Time-Life, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Series: Nature Company Discoveries Library
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.13 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

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    Excellent value on Nonfiction for Children.

    This is an great value for the money. The illustrations are colorful and interesting and it is filled with interesting facts. Very good for elementary aged children. The Discoveries Series has many titles that are very popular and good nonfiction for children.

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