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Ancient Persia
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Blackbirch Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm.
A short-lived but influential empire -- Society dominated by a privileged few -- Lifestyles of the rich and poor -- Religious beliefs and practices -- Large-scale engineering projects.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.2 1.0 74180.
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DS254.75 .N37 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
DS254.75 .N37 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Here is an intimate look at the everyday lives of the people that inhabited the great empires through history. Each book covers a specific time and place, illuminating the human experience by describing the transportation, agriculture, housing, communication, religion, innovation and technology, and social organization of the period.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Sheila Wyborny's The Aztec Empire0 . Gr. 4-6. The Life during the Great Civilizations series focuses on such everyday matters as clothes, housing, jobs, and the social organizations of the time. The authors also look at the more sticky subjects of religion, especially in the book about the Aztecs, which deals with the topic of human sacrifice, though not in a salacious way. Veteran writer Nardo admits that ancient Persia is a challenge for historians because little is known about the ordinary people's lives and customs; most of the available information deals with the upper classes. Even with this caveat, Nardo is able to enlighten readers about Persian society and the different ways of life. Though Wyborny never discusses how information has been gathered about the Aztecs, she puts the wealth of knowledge to good use, explaining how the Aztecs lived and the strides they made in areas such as medicine. Both of these compact books have well-chosen color photographs and excellent sidebars. Good curriculum support; short notes, a glossary, and a bibliography are appended. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Brief overviews of the history, society, religion, and achievements of these empires. The books contain a fair amount of information, but it is hard to extract it from the rather dry, bland texts in which topics run together or overlap. Part of the problem is the design, with subheads starting anywhere on a page (even three lines from the bottom as in Aztec) and a full-page sidebar in each chapter. The reason for its placement is not always clear; for instance, "Foot Binding" is opposite text on Confucian philosophy and government (Song). None of the books has a time line. Maps are all extremely small and lack detail; none places the area in relation to a continent or the world. Numerous black-and-white and color graphics will help youngsters visualize the civilizations. Captions, though, tend to repeat, not extend, the texts. The print and electronic sources for more information tend to be challenging. There are some noticeable omissions, such as not mentioning Persian satrapies or provinces, or that the Song Dynasty is also referred to as the Sung Dynasty. Ancient Civilizations (Grolier, 2000), "The Ancient World" series (Silver Burdett), Elizabeth Baquedano's Aztec, Inca and Maya (DK, 2000), and even World Book and The New Book of Knowledge (Grolier) are better choices.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Short-Lived but Influential Empirep. 5
Chapter 1 Society Dominated by a Privileged Fewp. 9
Chapter 2 Lifestyles of the Rich and Poorp. 17
Chapter 3 Religious Beliefs and Practicesp. 25
Chapter 4 Large-Scale Engineering Projectsp. 33
Notesp. 41
Glossaryp. 42
For More Informationp. 44
Indexp. 45
Picture Creditsp. 47
About the Authorp. 48