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The Parthenon: The Height of Greek Civilization (Wonders of the World Book) Hardcover – October 9, 2006

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Grade 4–6—This visually appealing introduction to the Parthenon also explores the intriguing historical and societal factors that played key roles in its creation. The first half sets the stage, describing the rise of Athens in clear and lively prose. After Pericles convinces the citizens to build a new temple for Athena, the narrative's focus shifts to the actual construction. Full-color paintings show the components of the building with just enough detail. An impressive four-page foldout spread conveys the majesty of the temple and identifies neatly labeled specific components. The illustrations are nicely complemented by black-and-white photographs of some of the temple's remaining sculptures. Descriptions of the architectural challenges presented by the project and of the final artistic accomplishments are very effective. Beyond the architectural information, the author conveys the wide-ranging significance of the building. The Parthenon was an integral part of the city's religion, culture, politics, and even finances, and bringing out these impacts provides readers with a strong feel for the golden age of Athens.—Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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From the Wonders of the World Books series, this informative volume introduces the history of ancient Athens culminating in the building of the Parthenon. Constructed in 15 years under the leadership of Pericles and completed in 432 BCE, the structure honored Athena, whose previous temple on the Acropolis had been destroyed during the Persian Wars. The well-researched and clearly written text discusses Athenian history and culture and the engineering techniques that made the building of the Parthenon possible, the artistic knowledge and sensibility that made the temple beautiful, and the human effort that made it an apt expression of the Greeks' democracy as well as their religious beliefs. The color illustrations include an excellent map of Greece, photos of artifacts and sculptures, and many clearly delineated, large-scale paintings depicting the scenes from ancient Athens and the building of the Acropolis, including an impressive double-wide foldout spread of the temple under construction and its surroundings. A short glossary and a bibliography are appended. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Series: Wonders of the World Book
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Mikaya Press (October 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931414157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931414159
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on June 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is a difficult task to introduce Ancient Greece to young children. Most books overwhelm them with too much disperate information. Elizabeth Mann has a great solution to the overload problem by concentrating on one building, The Parthenon. By focusing on one discrete structure, she can introduce children to Greek mythology, history, art and architecture in a more directed fashion.

I am a great fan and collector of ancient history books for children. Elizabeth Mann's "Wonders of the World Books" are some of the best history books available for children. Her books contain that wonderful mix of history combined with art and architecture. They are a real pleasure and I look forward to reading the entire series. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on June 7, 2011
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A well-written slice of Greek history, the book begins with a history of Greek gods pertaining to Athena's birth and the establishment of the city of Athens (the Parthenon was Athena's temple). The writing is clear and interesting, and unfamiliar terms are explained seamlessly within the text. Large colorful illustrations (equally as interesting as the text) depict succinctly what the reader is trying to imagine. A center spread includes a double foldout of late stage construction of the Parthenon, and areas are labeled for identification. You will soon understand the difference between metopes and statues! The endpapers are attractive with a delft blue inclusive world map. A timeline, "Parthenon Facts", Parthenon Glossary", Bibliography and "Useful Websites" are helpful for quick reference. Otherwise, get comfy and enjoy this fine story of the people whose fundamental ideas and changing mindset shaped the modern world.
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This book is beautifully done with vivid color photographs and layouts. It would be an excellent book for the visuals alone, but it is also clearly written and introduces the history of it in a way that would interest teens and other budding history fans.
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By Richard Dumke on January 11, 2014
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Beautifully expanded narrative and illustrated, not just plans and drawings. An excellent addition to MacCawley's architecture drawings and construction methods.
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By amazon customer on August 25, 2014
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bought for my grandson-13- he was very pleased. excellent designs.
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