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Newton's Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms - A Complete Chronology Hardcover – February 20, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (February 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890515565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890515563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Isaac Newton is a classic scholar who contributed groundbreaking theories and discoveries to many early fields of study - including calculus, an early design for telescopes still utilized today, and even astronomy, where his theory of gravitation illuminates the seemingly erratic motions of many heavenly bodies. This pivotal work in the area of chronology and history is a landmark work by one of mankind's most accomplished individuals.

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A tough book to read though.
Debra Brinkman
I usually think about Newton as a brilliant scientist and mathematician...not someone who wrote a history book!
HAL
This is a great read for history buffs and also for homeschoolers.
Patti Chadwick

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By L. Cress on July 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like reading sheaves of notes compiled as he worked, Newton's Revised History demonstrates three things: his access to and comprehension of other histories; the thorough way in which he set about discovering, proving, and problem solving; and the scientific genius by which the chonologer keeps all in his head.

Drawing from such sources as Plato, Herodotus, and Josephus, Newton submits all histories and archaeology and even legends to the timeline of the world as found in the Bible. He spends much effort explaining which legendary figures are pseudonyms for the same great kings. A king was called one name at home, another in each conquered country, a few titles of royalty and accomplishment, and then a few by which he was worshiped at his death. Though in the text Newton is not consistent in referring always to a single name for a person to which he compares other names, there is an extensive Alias Appendix and Exhaustive Index to help follow the associations. Upholding the authority and accuracy of the Scripture, Newton criticizes the priests and ancient historians of each country for inflating the age of their civilization, usually done by inserting names of kings in lists with no mention of any accomplishments, or by making the reigns of kings unbelievably long: into the hundreds of years. However, Newton also refutes those Jewish historians who doubt all histories not recorded in the Old Testament, reducing and confusing the kings of Persia from the intertestamental times, though in truth the Bible does not mention them because they no longer dealt with the Jews.

For each point Newton made, and especially on those arguments where the consensus of history or usually-reliable chronologers is against him, he goes into overwhelming detail to establish his position.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was such an interesting book! It is packed full of information about ancient history, yet it is in a very easy to read format that makes reading through it a breeze. Newton's premise is that many ancient nations exaggerated their history and he takes pains to develop a sound chronology using scientific methods he spent his life perfecting.
This is a great read for history buffs and also for homeschoolers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debra Brinkman VINE VOICE on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When you hear the name Sir Isaac Newton, the subject that immediately comes to mind is history, right? Yeah, me neither. Who knew that Newton wrote an amazing book about Ancient History? I sure didn't.

I had the chance to review Newton's Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms, and it was an opportunity I definitely wanted to take. Master Books republished this book, with some changes to make it more readable for today's audiences. And it is fascinating.

A tough book to read though. At least the beginning sections are. Newton certainly assumes that people have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of ancient history already, which makes some sections a lot tougher for me to get through.

Once I got through the introductory material, though, and got into Newton's actual text, it was hard to put down. Well, okay, the incredibly technical section on using astronomy to calculate dates for the Argonaut Expedition... my eyes glazed over and I skipped it. Way too much for my brain to comprehend.

As an indication of how scholarly this work is, over 1/3 of the book is the bibliography and appendices.

Early Greek History is the first actual chapter, and it is clear that Newton is applying the scientific method to his analysis of ancient history. He looks for internal consistency in ancient documents, for instance, and his basic conclusion is that pretty much everyone inflated their nation's time scale. The logic he uses to establish that is intriguing and compelling. After settling some major dates, over about 18 pages, the rest of the chapter is more of a chronology. One I actually enjoyed reading.

This is certainly a book I plan to keep, and will use as a reference for me as my children study ancient history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HAL on December 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Okay, when I say "Sir Isaac Newton", I am sure you don't think of a historian. I usually think about Newton as a brilliant scientist and mathematician...not someone who wrote a history book! However, I recently read a reprint of his book, entitled Newton's Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms (edited by Larry and Marion Pierce). It's not really something I'd usually jump into reading, but I like to learn a little bit about everything I can, and this seemed like a good opportunity to brush up on ancient history. The first thing that caught my attention is the fact that that Newton admitted he only researched this as a way of taking a break from his more strenuous studies! If you read this book, you will understand just how shocking that is. There was obviously a lot of time, research and thought put into this book, and I am amazed that Isaac Newton considered it a fruit of his "idle hours".
The book is just packed with information, and it is written in a way to keep your attention. Newton starts the book by refuting what other ancient historians had written or said. He uses their own writings to show the errors found in their books, in a very methodical, logical way. Then, the book turns to chronology, from early European history to Alexander the Great. I found this part very interesting, and I liked that the book includes important Biblical events as well. For example, Newton gives the dates for events such as the crowning of King Saul, King Solomon's marriage to the Egyptian king's daughter, etc.
The following 6 chapters cover Greek history, the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Median empires, and a description of Solomon's Temple. Chapter 5, which covers the Temple, is my favorite part of the book.
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