Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World from the ice age to the fall of Rome

Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World from the ice age to the fall of Rome

by Hazel Mary Martell, Paul Bahn, Paul G. Bahn
     
 
Richly illustrated with atmospheric maps and detailed reconstructions of everyday life, this marvelous resource explores the geography, culture, and history of the ancient world. Offering a global view, the book ranges from the first villages in China and the Fertile Crescent to the early civilizations of Oceania and Africa. A comparative chronology helps readers

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Richly illustrated with atmospheric maps and detailed reconstructions of everyday life, this marvelous resource explores the geography, culture, and history of the ancient world. Offering a global view, the book ranges from the first villages in China and the Fertile Crescent to the early civilizations of Oceania and Africa. A comparative chronology helps readers contrast and compare each civilization. Includes a glossary and a map of the major archaeological sites.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-A description of how archaeologists discover evidence of prehistoric cultures opens this encyclopedic volume. Summaries of every major culture in the world, from 10,000 B.C.-A.D. 600, follow. The text is arranged in columns that fill the spaces between the full-color illustrations, photographs of artifacts, and occasional sidebars. With some overlap in dating the centuries, Martell moves from the Fertile Crescent and Egypt to Asia, back to Greece and Rome, north to Europe, and south to Africa, ending with the Americas and the Pacific Islands. Full-page maps, pictures of charging warriors, cutaway views of monumental architecture, and scenes of everyday life stream across the double-page spreads. The information is the stuff of traditional history, as is the dating system used throughout. For all the attempts to present a global perspective, the ancient cultures are offered as a collection of unconnected snapshots of colorful peoples and curious customs. Far more interesting is Roy Burrell's The Oxford First Ancient History (Oxford, 1994), which presents traditional Western history in much more depth and detail. But teachers may find some use for Martell's volume, both for its simpler, factual language and its brief coverage of each civilization.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Chris Sherman
Martell introduces the ancient civilizations of 11 geographical regions in this attractive volume. Along with descriptions of Mediterranean and Fertile Crescent cultures, she includes information on peoples of the Middle and Far East, the Indus Valley, the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Large, clearly labeled maps and a very short history of the region precede double-page spreads on each civilization. Full-color photographs and drawings accompany the text, and fact boxes provide additional information. Although Martell contributes only a brief overview of each culture, she presents the material in a lively style that will appeal even to reluctant researchers. Two glossaries and a chronology are appended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856975650
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/15/1995
Series:
Kingfisher Book of Series
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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