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Since prehistoric times people have recorded their history, myths, and legends. While stories were originally kept verbally, the invention of writing heralded the creation of literature. Cook (emeritus, English, Albion Coll.) has written another book discussing the history of literature, having previously penned Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Renaissance Literature (LJ2/1/06). In the introduction, he promises a book "meant to acquaint learners with what they may expect to find in broad literary ancient texts and give learners an introductory overview about the people who wrote the works." In this, the book succeeds. Over 500 A-to-Z entries-running in length from one to ten pages-summarize and review famous literary works, popular philosophies, author's lives, and literary compilations created between 2350 B.C.E. and the middle eighth century C.E. Notable authors' works and their bibliographic information are discussed separately. While the major emphasis is on Greek and Roman authors, influential authors and materials from ancient Egypt, China, Japan, India, Egypt, and several other countries are also covered. A brief bibliography is included with each article, and a selective bibliography concludes the book. There is also a time line and an index that can help users find relevant authors and information. Unlike many encyclopedias, the book does not contain illustrations, but it does provide a few charts showing relations between characters.