Kingfisher Book of The Ancient World: From the Ice Age to the Fall of Rome

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Richly illustrated with detailed maps and fascinating 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 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 major archaeological sites.
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From the evolution of prehistoric humans to the fall of Rome, this all-encompassing history covers a lot of ground. Its broad overview describes the many civilizations that developed in almost every part of the world, especially between 2,500 B.C. and 600 A.D. Because of the scope, the text is primarily limited to brief highlights of culture, government, religion, wars and economy, doing a good job of organizing, but not always bringing to life, massive amounts of information. The sidebars and illustrations, however, offer the most enticing portions for young readers. Mummified human remains, golden Greek masks, Mayan sporting events and Alexander the Great at battle are only a few of the subjects pictured. The sidebars, especially, provide a wealth of engaging information about medicine, burial practices, alphabet, tools, clothing, weapons and much more. Readers will discover that Sumerians invented the wheel, some early Australian rock paintings resembled X-rays, and early Americans carried their infants in hard cradleboards so the backs of their heads would grow flat. A helpful chronology is provided, but a more illustrative timeline of these overlapping civilizations would have been more revealing. Overall, this book offers a stimulating global introduction to the roots of our history and humanity. Index and glossary included. 2001, Kingfisher, $22.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Betty Hicks AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753453971
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Series: General Reference Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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