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Ancient History


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by Linda Honan
Chariot racing, peplos weaving, cooking, and helmet making: anything can happen when you spend the day in ancient Greece. It is over 2,000 years ago in Athens, Greece, and you are invited to join a typical family as they celebrate the birthday of the goddess Athena. Take a trip with 12-year-old Alexander to see the athletes competing in the pentathlon. Work along with ten-year-old Helen as she weaves a gift for Athena. Meet their father, Philip, as he tends to sick patients, and their mother, Penelope, as she prepares for the special evening feast. Part of the Spend the Day in... series.

by Peter Vennema
In this lively, well-crafted biography, illustrator Diane Stanley and author Peter Vennema brush the cobwebs from the popularly held portrait of Cleopatra to reveal a vital, warm, and politically adroit ruler. Lucid writing combines with carefully selected anecdotes, often attributed to the Greek historian Plutarch, to create an engaging narrative. The young queen's marriage to her brother Ptolemy XIII is placed in the context of practices of the rulers of the day. A "Note on Ancient Sources" and a map precede the text. (School Library Journal)

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by Phil Roxbee Cox
What was the Roman army like? Did the Romans have parties? Did they have painkillers? Those are the kinds of questions you'll find asked and answered in Who Were the Romans? Packed full of fun and facts about everyday life in Ancient Rome, this is the sort of book you dip into to find out about one thing... and end up reading from cover to cover. Part of the Starting Point History series.

by Suzanne Williams
Despite the subtitle, this book also looks at famous persons and dynasties of Chinese history from 1700 B.C. to the 16th century. Some of the inventions included are the casting of bronze bells, crossbows, paper, silk, a seismograph, printing, the abacus, the compass, and porcelain; the ideas range from religion to improvements in agriculture to medicine. The arrangement of the 36 topics is roughly chronological. Sidebars highlight related legends or ideas. (School Library Journal)

by Fiona Macdonald
With over 200 color photographs, this book allows you to step back in time thousands of years to Northern and Central Europe when it was dominated by the warlike Celts. Marvel at their bravery and nobility in battle and discover why they were both hated and admired by the Greeks and Romans. This book introduces fascinating facts about the many different Celtic peoples including the reason for their migration, their mysticism and beliefs, and the exquisite metalwork that they crafted. It also provides a comprehensive glossary, timelines, maps, and 15 fun step-by-step projects, making it an easy-to-use learning tool for the home or school. Part of the Find Out About series.

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