School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-By gathering 218 articles from the "Great Lives from History" series (Salem), adding 43 new ones, and then arranging them chronologically (instead of geographically), the editors of The Ancient World haven't necessarily created a whole new book, but they certainly have created a good one. The clear and lively text is laid out in a browser-friendly manner. Each two-to-three page article begins with important dates and an encapsulation of the subject's historical contribution and ends with a bibliography. The indexes allow users to search by area of achievement, geographical location, and name. Thus, they can quickly find a list of ancient architects, biblical figures, or famous people from Dalmatia. The illustrations (almost every article includes one picture) are excellent. However, without captions, readers are left to wonder who it is that Alexander the Great is confronting in the moody shadows of a cavernous room, who Attila the Hun is serving with an eviction notice, or who Nero is tormenting. Even collections that have the original series will find this book useful. The updates and the reorganization give it added value plus, not only is it a delight to have all these fascinating characters collected between two covers, it's a real education.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX
BooknewsVolume I of a projected ten-volume set gathers 218 essays from the set (1988) and adds 43 new biographies. The date of A.D. 450 was selected as the cutoff between the ancient world and the middle ages. Articles range from two to three thousand words and include a ready-reference listing (including a brief statement summarizing the individual's contribution to his or her society and later ages) and three sections covering early life, life's work, and an overview of the person's place in history. Indexed by area of achievement, geographical location, as well as by name. Contains b&w illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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