The History of the Ancient World

The History of the Ancient World

From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

Book - 2007
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This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history.

Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection. This old-fashioned narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath"--literature, epic traditions, private letters and accounts--to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393059748
039305974X
Branch Call Number: 930
Characteristics: xxvii, 868 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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JCLGreggW Nov 16, 2013

I'm only a history nerd when the information is presented in an interesting and engaging way. Susan Wise Bauer has a way of writing about history that never bogs down in minute, boring details even though she covers a lot of ground in this volume (followed by two other books at this time.) She moves from one area of the world to another, giving us the biggest hits and what we need to know at each stop before moving on. Reading these books are a great way of reframing and relearning history that you may have missed in those college Ancient Civ classses you crammed for.

KEVIN DOWD Apr 16, 2012

terrific read. great details... stays on track.

has a lighter tone that works well.. I noticed it read differenty from other histories I have read so I look at the author... it is a woman.

I think she brings a different voice to the histories than a man. I noticed it while reading and not before.

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Dec 14, 2008

history at 3000 bc to 300 ad, brief morea bout people than ideas

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