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Better than most...
on April 8, 2013
Quite readable. My only two objections, and this applies to almost all history books:
1) Assuming the student will be able to figure out who is who in the various pottery, frescoes, sculptures, etc. Which is the King and which is the God? These visuals can be a big help on tests, but they never label them clearly.
2) Tossing in alternate names for things without explaining them. "To Homer, all
Greeks were Achaeans". OK. So what? What is an Achaean? The index has 2 references, neither of which defines the term nor why it is significant that Homer thinks what he does, nor how we know he did.
The problem is that these books are written by people so familiar with the material, they forget there are a lot of us that are not. If these authors were in an Astronomy course, we wouldn't use terms like Roche Limit or the earth-moon L2 point without defining them, even though I often forget not everyone knows those terms. Hey, guys, have an intelligent person read your book that knows nothing about history. If they ask a question, it's not because they are dense, it's because you didn't include something you should have.
Still, a better book than any other History text I have used, so I think you will be just fine if you take a few seconds to snuggle up to Google for those weird terms that pop up.