Myths and Civilization of the Ancient Greeks

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Gods, goddesses, and legendary heroes are brought to life in the stunning illustrations and exciting stories of Myths and Civilization of the Ancient Greeks. The civilization behind the myths is also shown in historical reconstructions of architecture, artifacts, and scenes from daily life. This book shows how the mythology and civilization of this ancient people were intertwined.
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Gods, goddesses, and legendary heroes are brought to life in the stunning illustrations and exciting stories of Myths and Civilization of the Ancient Greeks. The civilization behind the myths is also shown in historical reconstructions of architecture, artifacts, and scenes from daily life. This book shows how the mythology and civilization of this ancient people were intertwined.
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School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-The novel and intriguing feature of these volumes is their combination of myths and legends with the more typical historical and archaeological matter. For example, in Greeks, the myth of "Arachne the Weaver" is coupled with a two-page spread on clothing and jewelry. Each overview consists of a brief introduction, followed by succinct thematic paragraphs on various aspects of the topic, accompanied by small but clear, full-color photographs of objects from the civilization or energetic illustrations inspired by the ancients. Illustrative captions are in italics to distinguish them from the text of the mini-essays. By following narrative pieces with factual information about the society, the authors encourage students to see the culture in a more rounded manner, as well as provide a sharp lesson in distinguishing between fiction and nonfiction. Egyptians has a few errors. The opposite sides of the important Narmer Palette are shown, but both are referred to as the "back." When discussing trade and expansion, the author claims that "Egypt's natural boundaries kept it safe from foreign invasion for 3000 years," which is simply incorrect. On this same page, a prominent feature of Thutmose III's reign-his almost inveterate seasonal military campaigning-is referred to as "battles." Even so, this is a handsome and well-constructed volume, and both it and its Greek companion bring a new manner of presentation to this area of children's nonfiction.-Coop Renner, Coldwell Elemen-
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872262836
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Myths and Civilization Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
How this book works 5
The Birth of the Gods 6
Earliest Times 8
Cassandra's Gift of Prophecy 10
Greek Religion 12
The Birth of Athene 14
City-States and Daily Life 16
Arachne the Weaver 18
Clothes and Jewels 20
Dionysos the Shape-Changer 22
Entertainment 24
The Siege of Troy 26
Warfare 28
Daedalus and Icarus 30
Knowledge and Invention 32
Hades and Persephone 34
Agriculture 36
Poseidon and Pegasus 38
Transport and Trade 40
Greek Colonies 42
Index 44
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