Seven Wonders of the Ancient Middle East

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
This "Seven Wonders" series presents the ancient world from an unusual perspective to aspiring archeologists and history lovers who may not yet be aware of these ancient marvels. Big illustrations, well reproduced and carefully captioned, let kids see the monuments as viewed in different periods and depicted in various styles; site maps help locate them, while readable text answers questions that spring to mind about each. This volume introduces seven wonders of the ancient Middle East (five of them World Heritage Sites), all of which can still be visited, except for those in Iraq. First, readers explore the Great Ziggurat at Ur in Mesopotamia. Then come other fabulous structures like the city of Nineveh and Ashurbanipal's library, the city and palace of Persepolis in Iran, King Solomon's Temple—destroyed, but still the site of the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock—the red rock buildings of Petra, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the Krak des Chevaliers, an impregnable crusader castle in Syria. Sidebars explain unfamiliar words and point out connections; for example, modern architects still build in the style of the Ziggurat. Especially striking in this book is a color photo of artifacts from Ur, including a fluted gold cup; a necklace of gold, lapis and carnelian; and the fanciful sculpture of a ram in a golden thicket. For readers just discovering the lure of history and archeology, this intriguing series brings the ancient world to life and might even inspire a lifetime of research. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822575733
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Lerner Seven Wonders Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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