This colorfully illustrated compendium of the ancient cultures of the world presents a breadth, but not depth, of information. Loosely worked into several sections via the time line at the bottom of the page, the reader can learn about events and advances in various civilizations from 10,000 BC to AD 500. Near the time line is a color-coded bar with the name of the geographical area for the topic and a sidebar of important dates. All illustrations are captioned and placed contiguous to the appropriate text. Featured areas include Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australasia, Middle East, Far East, and South Asia. World time chart, glossary, index.