The author has done an admirable job in depicting the Persian Empire. He has drawn from many great sources to show the reader how the empire evolved, some of the great accomplishments that it contributed to civilization, and how it dissolved. There are many wonderful photographs and artist's renderings of the architectural wonders that were created. The empire lasted only 220 years, but so many great things were accomplished. Herodotus researched and recorded much of the history of this time. In light of the events taking place today in this same area, the history of the great Persian Empire is significant. In this book, military victories and defeats, everyday life, court life, and governing techniques are brought to life. The book contains a bibliography, an index, books for further reading, and websites for more information. The book is part of the "Lost Civilization" series. 2006, Thomson Gale, Ages 12 up.
Gr 5-8-This slim volume chronicles the empire from its beginning (about 5000 B.C.) to its decline in 333 B.C. The administration of this vast empire, its monetary system, communication system, and diplomacy are described in detail. Additionally, the book covers the lifestyle of the upper class and the common people. The chapter on the military includes battle strategies and the use of chariots and ships as well as weapons and armor. Readers learn not only history but, through text boxes, about the process of researching history and evaluating resources. Insets, black-and-white illustrations, and maps provide additional information. This brief, well-organized book will provide students with material for reports and projects.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.