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The Life and Times of Homer (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)
     

The Life and Times of Homer (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)

by Kathleen Tracy, Kathleen Tracy
 
For almost three thousand years, The Iliad and The Odyssey have thrilled people with tales of adventure in ancient Greece. The stories of Helen and Paris, the Greek gods, the Trojan War, Achilles, and of Odysseus's ten year quest to return home after the war are known all over the world among all cultures. But so much about the life of the man responsible for those

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For almost three thousand years, The Iliad and The Odyssey have thrilled people with tales of adventure in ancient Greece. The stories of Helen and Paris, the Greek gods, the Trojan War, Achilles, and of Odysseus's ten year quest to return home after the war are known all over the world among all cultures. But so much about the life of the man responsible for those epic poems remains a mystery that for a while some scholars doubted he even really existed. Despite the controversies surrounding him, Homer is still honored as one of civilization's greatest poets. He overcame childhood poverty and adult blindness to achieve fame as a legendary storyteller whose epics kept his audiences spellbound. His poems were so vivid that 19th century archeologists used descriptions in The Iliad to locate the city of Troy. Though many facts about his life remain unknown, his genius as a storyteller remains undisputed.

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Children's Literature
The life and times of Homer, civilization's greatest poet and storyteller is portrayed in this biography in the "Ancient Civilizations" series. Scholars had doubted Homer's existence, but most now agree that the man who played a direct role in creating the epics The Iliad and The Odyssey grew up in poverty, lived a nomadic life, may have suffered from blindness, and eventually became a celebrity as his poetry of heroic deeds by Greek ancestors was set to music. One chapter tells of the archeologist Frank Culvert's reliance on The Iliad's story as a guide to finding remnants of the Trojan War. Separate pages labeled "For Your Info" add historical perspective to the subject's life and provide the reader with a broader picture of his times. Topics spotlighted include The Olympians, Ancient Greece, Ancient Greek Fashion, Sparta, and Greek Heroes. The antique-like appearance of the book features full-color photographs framed in columns, representations of carved inscriptions in red stone, and descriptive script. Other significant features provided are a chronology, historical timeline, chapter notes, glossary, titles for further reading, websites, and an index. Maps would be a beneficial addition. This high-interest and easy-to-read life story will serve as an excellent resource for student research and reports. 2005, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 8 to 13.
—Barbara Troisi
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-While these books fill a gap in resources about the ancient world for this audience, at times the information seems padded to fill the pages, especially in the case of Archimedes. The authors use popular anecdotes from the lives of the ancients and facts about their culture to introduce their subjects' important contributions. "FYI" sections detail engaging elements of the ancient Greek world, such as fashion, astronomy, and the Library of Alexandria. Full-color photos, reproductions, and illustrations appear throughout. Of the three, Homer is the most informative and well written, with a comprehensive works cited and resource page. It would be a useful addition to ancient history collections. Most libraries should consider looking to other resources for information about Archimedes and Socrates.-Anne M. Holcomb, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584152606
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Biography from Ancient Civilizations: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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