Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient Worldby 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,
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.
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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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.