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The Ancient Persians

The Ancient Persians

by Virginia Schomp

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Children's Literature - Shelly McCoy
Myths have been told over generations to explain the mysteries of life by a certain culture. The Persians, one of many groups who lived in Iran in ancient times, recorded their ancient tales in Persian languages, so that is how the myths of Iran came to be known as Persian myths. Part one of this book explores the Persian culture in detail in order to create a background for the Persian myths that follow in part two. The first myth reveals the first battle between good and evil, another explores the fantastic history of the empire through the kings, and the third tells the story of the great ruler, Yima, who saved the best of all plants, animals, and people on earth from a terrible winter by building an enclosure. Each myth is introduced with some background information on the topics in the myth and includes a cast of characters, along with some illustrations of how these myths were portrayed in various modern and ancient Persian art forms. This book could be added to the curriculum in classes exploring religion or literature of other places and cultures in history. Reviewer: Shelly McCoy
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—From South Asia and the ancient Near East come these exciting tales of great heroes and memorable deities who are fully as interesting as the Greek myths currently in vogue. With plenty of framing text, the stories inspire the imagination, entertain, and allow readers to draw their own conclusions about the universality of human experience. The language is straightforward but has enough variation in sentence structure to keep the reading lively. Pronunciation help is provided. Liberally illustrated with large and vibrant reproductions of artwork in diverse media, the books reflect the grace and opulence of these ancient cultures as well as the more vividly grotesque expressions of imagination. Margins and text spacing are generous, with accents in copper and bronze hues consonant with the antiquity of the stories. It can be tricky relating the traditional stories of a living faith such as Hinduism or Zoroastrianism, and this is reflected in occasional conflict between "is" and "was" in discussions of beliefs and practices, especially in Ancient India. Anita Nair's The Puffin Book of Magical Indian Myths (2008) covers some of the same territory as that book, and in a fancier package, but Persians truly fills a gap.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

Product Details

Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
Myths of the World Series
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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