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Title:
Great lives from history. The ancient world, prehistory-476 C.E.
Author:
Salowey, Christina A.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
2 volumes (xxxix, 998 pages, lii pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781587651526

9781587651533

9781587651540
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Book

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Summary

Great Lives from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 C.E. is the first in a multivolume series covering the lives of important personages from the ancient world through the twenty-first century. This series is a revision of the 10-volume Dictionary of World Biography series, which was a revision and reordering of Salem Press's thirty-volume Great Lives from History series.


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Booklist Review

Salem Press is publishing two series of reference books, both revisions of previous works. The series start out with volumes on events and people in the ancient world. The full series will cover prehistory through the twenty-first century. Great Lives0 is a revision of Dictionary of World Biography0 (Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998), which itself was a revised version of Great Lives from History 0 (1987-1995). The new work has 325 essays, of which a mere 65 are new additions; the articles are in alphabetical order and the work contains about 170 illustrations, a chronological list of entries, a bibliography, and three separate indexes. The articles start with ready-reference listings and conclude with the significance of the event, see also0 references, and further readings. Length ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 words, and the set includes a section with 19 maps of the ancient world. Among the reasons given for the revision of the series are expanded geographical coverage, more focus on women, and updated bibliographies. The focus on women is not expansive, though it includes such regulars as Mary, Nefertiti and Sappho, but this may have more to do with the era than a lack of research; later volumes in the Lives series may cover more women, as more is known about women's history in later years. Great Lives 0 offers only a handful of new biographies, and one must question the necessity of publishing a newly revised edition so soon. As a companion to Great Events0 in History0 it is helpful, but if libraries already own the previous edition, they may want to spend their money on something else. --Susanna Eng Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Together these volumes provide extensive coverage of prehistory and the ancient and classical worlds. While the scope is worldwide, the emphasis is on Western civilization. Both sets include material from earlier Salem titles and series, as well as some new entries. Events contains 418 essays arranged chronologically beginning with a description of the creation of rock art in Africa in 25,000 B.C.E and ending with a discussion of the building of the first Roman aqueduct in 312 B.C.E. Arrangement in Lives is alphabetical from Aaron, the brother of Moses as described in the Torah, to Zosar, the Egyptian pharaoh who died in 2650 B.C.E. Each article ends with a section offering historical context; an up-to-date, annotated bibliography; and see-also references to other articles. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs and reproductions are found throughout these titles, but the artists and dates aren't attributed. The same set of maps appears at the beginning of each volume; unfortunately, they don't contain much detail. Both works offer extensive subject, category, geographical, and name indexes. These resources will be helpful for reports at the high school level and beyond. While some of the material in Lives can be found in the Encyclopedia of World Biography (UXL, 2003) and other sources, these volumes include many more lesser-known individuals.-David Pauli, Hillsboro Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Two titles from Salem Press present an extensive picture of ancient history. Great Events, written by specialists on aspects of the ancient world, revises Salem publications Great Events from History (12v., 1972-80), Chronology of European History: 15,000 B.C. to 1997 (1997), and Great Events from History: North American Series, (CH, Oct'97). By Salem's count, this revised work includes 418 essays, 289 of them new. Entries, chronologically arranged, describe historical events from earliest African art to the fall of Rome. The new essays treat social and cultural developments not covered by the earlier editions. Each entry includes locale, category, summary of the event, significance, cross-references to other entries, and further readings. Geographical coverage is broader, and the set has 175 illustrations, 86 maps and tables, updated bibliographical entries, tables, time line, glossary, Web site references, genealogies, illustrations, and category, place, person, and subject indexes. Great Lives covers important persons of the period and revises Dictionary of World Biography (v.1, The Ancient World, CH, Dec'98), itself a revision of Great Lives from History (30v., 1987-95; Ancient and Medieval Series, 5v., CH, Apr'98). The revision contains 325 essays, of which 65 are new, covers a wider geographical area, and includes more women, updated bibliographies, and maps of the ancient world. Coverage is worldwide, including Rome, Greece, Egypt, Europe, China, Japan, India, Africa, Asia Minor, and the Middle East. Entries, arranged chronologically, all start with factual information--variant names, birth and death dates and places, nationality, areas of achievement, and a brief summary of the person's significance. Essays have three parts (early life, life's work, and individual significance) followed by an annotated bibliography, cross-references, and category, place, person, and subject indexes. ^BSumming Up: Recommended--both volumes. General readers; undergraduates. M. Slobodinsky DeVry University North Brunswick