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Title:
Greek town
Author:
Malam, John, 1957-
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Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; London : Franklin Watts, 1999.
Physical Description:
45 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm.
Summary:
Presents life in a town in ancient Greece, covering the temple, town square, a family home, an open-air theatre, games, the cemetery, the port, and more.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.9 2 Quiz: 15389 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780531145296

9780749632977
Format :
Book

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Metropolis takes the young armchair time traveler directly to a variety of ancient civilizations. The reader will find important landmarks, and tips on local customs and useful phrases.


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A street-by-street tour of an ancient Greek town, showing major buildings and typical features, and describing the life of the town. With colour illustrations (many of which are cut-away sections) by David Antram. In the METROPOLIS series. Suitable for National Curriculum Key Stage 2-3.


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Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Both of these books have copious, colorful illustrations and worthwhile information, but there is nothing unique about the presentation and the material is readily available elsewhere. Greek Town devotes its two-page chapters to various aspects of a city-state such as the temple, a family home, the theater, and athletic contests. It is obvious that the city depicted here is Athens-the temple is clearly the Parthenon-a city that was unique and distinct from other cities, thus making it a poor representation of a typical town. Particularly disturbing is the depiction of a frieze in which something resembling black underwear is crudely drawn on to the sculpted human forms, a great disservice to the ancient Greeks, who gloried in the beauty of the human form. Barry Steel's Greek Cities (Watts, 1990; o.p.), although aimed at a slightly younger audience, is a superior treatment. Viking Town also covers town and family life, as well as crafts, trade, raids, and burial rites. It could serve as an additional purchase, although Fiona MacDonald's A Viking Town (Peter Bedrick, 1995) presents similar information and includes a map showing the extent of Viking explorations. In both books, a "Time-Traveler's Guide" gives tourist information such as money, where to stay, souvenirs, etc. "Guided Tours" suggests day to week-long excursions. A serious drawback is that neither title contains maps to locate the actual sites.-David N. Pauli, Portland Jewish Academy, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Both of these books have copious, colorful illustrations and worthwhile information, but there is nothing unique about the presentation and the material is readily available elsewhere. Greek Town devotes its two-page chapters to various aspects of a city-state such as the temple, a family home, the theater, and athletic contests. It is obvious that the city depicted here is Athens-the temple is clearly the Parthenon-a city that was unique and distinct from other cities, thus making it a poor representation of a typical town. Particularly disturbing is the depiction of a frieze in which something resembling black underwear is crudely drawn on to the sculpted human forms, a great disservice to the ancient Greeks, who gloried in the beauty of the human form. Barry Steel's Greek Cities (Watts, 1990; o.p.), although aimed at a slightly younger audience, is a superior treatment. Viking Town also covers town and family life, as well as crafts, trade, raids, and burial rites. It could serve as an additional purchase, although Fiona MacDonald's A Viking Town (Peter Bedrick, 1995) presents similar information and includes a map showing the extent of Viking explorations. In both books, a "Time-Traveler's Guide" gives tourist information such as money, where to stay, souvenirs, etc. "Guided Tours" suggests day to week-long excursions. A serious drawback is that neither title contains maps to locate the actual sites.-David N. Pauli, Portland Jewish Academy, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Around the Townp. 10
The Council-housep. 12
The Templep. 14
The Town Squarep. 16
Craftworkers' Quarterp. 18
A Family Homep. 20
Open-Air Theaterp. 22
At the Gamesp. 24
Town Defensesp. 26
The Sacred Sanctuaryp. 28
The Cemeteryp. 30
A Farm in the Countryp. 32
The Port and Harborp. 34
Time-Traveler's Guidep. 36
Guided Toursp. 40
Glossaryp. 44
Indexp. 45