The Book of the Ancient World (Reprint - Covers May Vary)

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ISBN-13: 978-1597313537
ISBN-10: 159731353X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Angelico Press (December 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159731353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597313537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LME on August 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow- I had no idea this was available. I have a sturdy hardback copy from 1923 and assumed I was one of the few that appreciated it. My children all read this book when studying the Ancient World in about grade 6. It is written in an engaging narrative style. It could be enjoyed by 3rd or 4th graders as a read-aloud or by high-schoolers as a history book that is not stuffy, scholarly, or dry. It is one of those books that might be enjoyed by anyone from ten to fifty years of age. The only thing it lacks is color pictures. However, that is why we have the DK Eyewitness books and First Civilizations: Cultural Atlas for Young People.
Content: History of Egyptians, Assyrians and Babylonians, Hebrews (Israel), Hittites, Persians, Phoenicians
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
If you're a homeschooling mom (or dad) or one considering homeschooling, then you know there are a TON of curriculum options out there. Some are better than others, but it really boils down to what style of homeschooling you are going to employ. If you are taking the classical approach, like my wife and I intend to do, then you definitely know the name Dorothy Mills. Dorothy Mills wrote a six book series on ancient history. Two different publishers have taken the time to re-print these, Memoria Press and Angelico Press. Even though Memoria Press has student and teacher guides, you can purchase with them, they only have four of the six volumes. Personally, I prefer the Angelico Press editions after all and will be reviewing one volume every other month on my blog. Today, I am starting with The Book of the Ancient World.

The Book of the Ancient World begins with an Introduction that speaks of cave men and prehistoric times. It speaks of making stone tools and how some people don't believe history really started until man was able to keep written records. I'm honestly unsure how I felt about this introduction, but thankfully it was short and something you could skip over and not miss anything in the book. The contents of the rest of the book includes the Egyptians; the Assyrians and Babylonians; the Hebrews; the Hittites; the Persians; and the Phoenicians. Egypt by far gets the most attention as it spans over 50 pages. The rest of the ancient people, with the exception of Israel, only garnered about 20-25 pages.

It was hard to pick a favorite part in this book. The level of detail given to the Egyptians was fascinating. Ms.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda B. on June 24, 2010
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This is wonderfully written. I have never enjoyed history, but the author's style of writing made it interesting and drew me in. I plan to use this book for homeschooling.

My copy of this book from Dawn Chorus is missing a few things that were in the original book. The list of illustrations is missing. The map illustrating the ancient world on page 1 is missing, and so is the map of the Persian Empire from page 192. I will not purchase any more of the Dawn Chorus reprints now that I know they leave things out.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Vickie M. on September 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I chose this book for my daughter's study of early civilizations. It has references to cave men and millions of years. I tell her to chew the meat, which are the facts about early civilizations, and, spit out the bones, regarding the author's opinion about the age of the earth and early man.
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