Life in Ancient Persia

Life in Ancient Persia

by Don Nardo
     
 

Here is an intimate look at the everyday lives of the people that inhabited the great empires through history. Each book covers a specific time and place, illuminating the human experience by describing the transportation, agriculture, housing, communication, religion, innovation and technology, and social organization of the period.

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Here is an intimate look at the everyday lives of the people that inhabited the great empires through history. Each book covers a specific time and place, illuminating the human experience by describing the transportation, agriculture, housing, communication, religion, innovation and technology, and social organization of the period.

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Children's Literature
This book is part of the "Life During the Great Civilizations" series devoted to describing the people and experiences of various empires. The book is full of intricate illustrations that depict all aspects of life in Ancient Persia from architecture to famous battles. The text is thorough and informative. The author, Don Nardo, is fairly descriptive about the lives of people in Persian society from the wealthy to the poor. The book is full of information about the religion, agriculture, etc., and Nardo's titles for a few sections, such as "Male Persian Vanity" (pg. 12) or "Darius Brags About His Palace" (pg. 21) add some humor to the text, which is straightforward and easy to read. The vocabulary section is interesting because it tries to familiarize the reader with words in English as well as Persian. This book is attractive and educational. It is a good choice for a child seeking to learn about Ancient Persia. 2003, Blackbirch Press/The Gale Group, Ages 8 to 10.
—Rihoko Ueno
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Brief overviews of the history, society, religion, and achievements of these empires. The books contain a fair amount of information, but it is hard to extract it from the rather dry, bland texts in which topics run together or overlap. Part of the problem is the design, with subheads starting anywhere on a page (even three lines from the bottom as in Aztec) and a full-page sidebar in each chapter. The reason for its placement is not always clear; for instance, "Foot Binding" is opposite text on Confucian philosophy and government (Song). None of the books has a time line. Maps are all extremely small and lack detail; none places the area in relation to a continent or the world. Numerous black-and-white and color graphics will help youngsters visualize the civilizations. Captions, though, tend to repeat, not extend, the texts. The print and electronic sources for more information tend to be challenging. There are some noticeable omissions, such as not mentioning Persian satrapies or provinces, or that the Song Dynasty is also referred to as the Sung Dynasty. Ancient Civilizations (Grolier, 2000), "The Ancient World" series (Silver Burdett), Elizabeth Baquedano's Aztec, Inca and Maya (DK, 2000), and even World Book and The New Book of Knowledge (Grolier) are better choices.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567117400
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Life during the Great Civilizations Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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