Ancient Greece

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This book helps children understand the past through paintings, murals, sculpture, architecture, and everyday objects - much of it originally designed for placating the gods, bringing a successful harvest, observing traditions and rites, or increasing an individual's social standing. Each book is divided into thematic chapters such as how people lived, worked, socialized, fought wars, worshipped, and made new discoveries and conquests.
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Overview

This book helps children understand the past through paintings, murals, sculpture, architecture, and everyday objects - much of it originally designed for placating the gods, bringing a successful harvest, observing traditions and rites, or increasing an individual's social standing. Each book is divided into thematic chapters such as how people lived, worked, socialized, fought wars, worshipped, and made new discoveries and conquests.
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Children's Literature
Of all the titles in the "Art and Civilization" series this one may cause the most confusion. There is a brief discussion of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations that predate the Classical Greece era. Confusion will no doubt occur for readers who are inclined to consider the Dark Ages as the early Middle Ages (400-500AD) and not as 1000BC, as discussed here. The topics covered include religion and gods, trade, war, entertainment, and the influence of Greek culture on the modern era. One can pore over drawings, artifacts, and paintings to gain an appreciation of the level of sophistication achieved during this period. Sidebars explain in detail the artwork on selected vases. In layout and design, this book is similar to the "Eyewitness" series but without the meticulous touches we have come to expect from that series. A marginal purchase at best. 2000, Peter Bedrick Books,
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Gr 5-8-Greece highlights 10 topics including Athens, religion, and war. Each one is covered in two-to-four pages; a few paragraphs address the subject while detailed captions accompanying the numerous full-color reproductions and photos of sites and artifacts provide additional facts. However, there are some problems with the text. Reference to the Archaic period as the "Dark Ages" may confuse students who do not have the background to distinguish this period from the Dark Ages of A.D. 700. Also confusing is Bardi's statement that, "The Greeks founded several colonies on the coast of Thrace (modern Bulgaria), the most important of which was Constantinople (modern Istanbul)," since Istanbul is in Turkey. Printing, the Reformation, the rise of the merchant class, and other topics are covered in Renaissance, but some of data is misleading. For example, the Hanseatic League, according to other sources, was formed in the 13th, not the 14th century. Both Greece and Renaissance provide detailed descriptions of selected artifacts and paintings in sidebars. While the visual format of these titles will appeal to students, inaccuracies and poor design are a problem. The "See through History" (Viking) and "Eyewitness" series (DK) are better choices on these subjects.-Tracey Ansley, Cary Academy, NC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872266162
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Art and Civilization Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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