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Ancient Greek Art (Art in History) Library Binding – February 1, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-8--These books cover a lot more material than one would expect to find in 32 pages. Painting, mosaic, pottery, architecture, and sculpture are all introduced, with some of the most prominent examples chosen to illustrate and expand upon the narrative. Lengthy captions for the photographs and illustrations provide additional information. Fact boxes are interspersed to clarify points of history and/or art. Words in bold face are defined in a brief glossary; illustrations are included in the index. There are some inconsistencies; e.g., the word "encaustic" is defined in the texts rather than in the glossaries, and a few dates in the narratives that don't appear in the concluding time lines. In Roman Art, a tool called a "groma" is referred to and yet there is no picture or description of one. Both titles show a "color palette," but don't include all of the colors that are used in the works of art shown. Despite these minor faults, the books contain a great deal of excellent information, are well organized and easy to read, and would be solid purchases for introducing the art of these two ancient cultures.
Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA
Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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The text is easy to read because it is divided into visually appealing chunks. The text includes all the basic vocabulary you need to know to discuss art from the historical period featured. Those vocabulary words are in bold within the text and also listed in a glossary at the end of the book.
Of course an art book must be replete with ART. These books are packed with full color photographs of a well-rounded sampling of art from the period -- architecture, paintings, sculpture, pottery, etc. The famous things that first come to mind are included. For example, the Ancient Greek Art volume devotes a half page to the Parthenon, giving lots of historical details along with the large photograph. In this way, the art book will reinforce what you've read in your history books.
Each volume also includes one or two hands-on craft ideas to experiment with media or techniques relevant to the historical period.