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Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World
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Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World

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by Simon Adams
 

Featuring seventeen beautiful hand-illustrated maps and packed with eye-opening information about ancient civilizations and peoples, this is an unbeatable pictorial guide to what the world was like between 10,000 B.C. and A.D. 1000. Each stunning map shows the major sites from a particular civilization or group of civilizations, with their cities, temples, palaces,

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Featuring seventeen beautiful hand-illustrated maps and packed with eye-opening information about ancient civilizations and peoples, this is an unbeatable pictorial guide to what the world was like between 10,000 B.C. and A.D. 1000. Each stunning map shows the major sites from a particular civilization or group of civilizations, with their cities, temples, palaces, farmers, and traders brought vividly to life with detailed picture symbols. Feature spreads use photographs of cultural and architectural artifacts, as well as additional information, to focus in greater depth on the key cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

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“Readers interested in ancient history will enjoy traveling back in time with this book about people of long ago.” —Children's Literature
Children's Literature - Sally J. K. Davies
Readers interested in ancient history will enjoy traveling back in time with this book about people of long ago. The first map in this book is a helpful companion to, and directly follows, the table of contents. The hand drawn world map of the ancient world on this page has tiny illustrations representing various historical sites. Each site is labeled with the name of the people and the name of its geographical area, plus the page in the book where it can be found. The book covers the civilizations of Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Ancient Europe, the Indus Valley in Northern India, the Minoans, the Myceneans, the peoples of the Mediterranean, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Ancient Greeks, the Roman Empire, Ancient Africa, Ancient India, Ancient China, the peoples of North America, Central and South America, Australia, and Polynesia. Each ancient civilization has a double page spread that includes an illustrated map of the area, with major ancient cities located and tiny illustrations of the various key elements of that time. The pages for Ancient China show the Yellow Sea, fourteen ancient cities, and illustrations with little figures dressed historically doing typical activities of the time. Some figures are planting rice, doing calligraphy, papermaking, and working the field with oxen. Along the right hand side of every map, a time line denotes the centuries and lists significant dates and events. Key religious dates, invasions by other countries, some politics, major wars, important leaders, inventions, tool developments, and metal working innovations are included on this time line. On the Ancient China page, the time line starts at 600 B.C.and goes through to 600 AD, in 100-year increments. The life of Confucius, the civil war, the Qin dynasty, the use of iron weapons and tools, the introduction of Buddhism, the Mongolian invasion, and the invention of paper are a few of the entries. The back matter contains an index. This book is part of Kingfishers' "Kingfisher Atlas" series, which includes the titles The Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World and The Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753459140
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/15/2006
Series:
Kingfisher Atlas Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Simon Adams worked as an editor of children's reference and other nonfictionbooks before becoming a full-time writer. He has written and contributed to more than fifty books on subjects as varied as the sinking of the Titanic, the two world wars, and the history of jazz. He is the author of Kingfisher Knowledge: Castles & Forts, Kingfisher Knowledge: Life in Ancient Rome, The Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World and The Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World.

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Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, we purchased this book and The Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World also published in 2006. I love the study of ancient and medieval history, and while our children need to know especially the history of our own nation, the fact is that our own nation is built upon the history of the world prior to it, so a good study of world history is important too. These two books can be very helpful for assisting younger children in that endeavor. The Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World is a pictorial guide to the world's ancient civilizations from 10,000 B. C. to A. D. 1000. While this book does affirm that humans have walked the earth for 200,000 years, learned to cultivate crops 100,000 years ago, and came to the Americas around 17,000 years ago (all without any proof!--and the attempted proofs that I have seen in other places to establish these ancient dates are highly questionable), it is interesting that the discussion of "ancient cultures" begins around 10,000 B. C., which is almost precisely the time at which most Bible believing scientists and historians place the age of the earth. Aside from these few evolutionary presumptions, there is a lot of interesting information on the ancient societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Europe, and the Indus Valley, proceeding to Greece, the Mediterranean world, the Near East, and the Roman Empire, and concluding with Africa, India, China, the Americas, and the Pacific. The Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World is a pictorial guide to the peoples and events of the medieval world from A. D. 500 to 1450 and to some extent picks up where the previous volume left off, although there is some overlapping. In addition to a discussion of medieval Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, there is material on the spread of Islam, developments in India, China, the Far East, southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Mongols of central Asia, African kingdoms, and the Americas. Both books have numerous maps, photographs, drawings, and sidebars that make it visually attractive and very accessible. This is a fun way for students, young and old, to bone up on ancient and medieval history. Two more titles in this series are The Kingfisher Atlas of Exploration and Empires, and The Kingfisher Atlas of the Modern World.