The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

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by Susan Wise Bauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 039305974X

ISBN-13: 9780393059748

Pub. Date: 03/17/2007

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own.
This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise

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A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own.
This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history.Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection. This old-fashioned narrative history employs the methods of “history from beneath”—literature, epic traditions, private letters and accounts—to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393059748
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/17/2007
Series:
Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Series
Pages:
896
Sales rank:
58,232
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.80(d)

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History of the Ancient World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This really is a world history of ancient cultures--it ranges from Mesopotamia all the way east to the Chinese coast and all the way west to the British Isles. Bauer uses original sources as well as plenty of myths and legends to illuminate the bare-bones facts of history, fulfilling her promise to give us a glimpse not only of what ancient peoples did, but what they thought and feared. As an avid reader, I've read plenty of history, and I've delved deep into some areas. The wonderful quality of THIS book is that it allows me to link my knowledge of my favorite historical eras with my much sketchier and sometimes nonexistent knowledge of others. There's plenty to think about here, and plenty to disagree with--Bauer doesn't just give facts. She tells an interpretive story that centers around why and how some men--and much less frequently, women--are able to gain power over others. But agree or disagree, you'll find yourself constantly going back to her framework as you plug in other pieces of historical knowledge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book engaged me from the first page to the last. It is organized in small, readily digested chapters. Though the subject is sweeping in scope, it is covered in sufficient detail. One thing different about this is book is that the author does not adhere to the general hero worship of the so called great men/women of history, many of whom were despotic murderers. She portrays in a just the facts manner. I have read and reread this book several times and consider it an indespensible addition to my library.
APB More than 1 year ago
With so much knowledge and with an exhaustive research, Susan Bauer wrote an interesting historical account of the Ancient Wold interrelating cultures and civilizations under specific themes allowing a comparative analysis and establishing a broad view of these societies. With anecdotes of historical figures, the book is easy to read so it is not just for the history student or for a library consultation. Well written the author included easy charts at the end of each chapter to facilitate the chronological frame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Looking forward to the next volume in the series. Enjoyed the humor, which was not overdone. Still thinking about it days later, and I miss reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, highly readable survey of ancient history. It's too bad most history textbooks are not as well done. If you are looking for one book to provide general knowledge of the period that provided the foundation for Western Civilization. It's fun too. Find out what Bugs Bunny knew about ancient kings.
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