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Book: Ancient Greece
Author: Louise Schofield, editor
Publisher: Barnes and Noble Books, republished in 2005
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 8-11
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by: Wayne W. Walker
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Schofield, Louise, editor. Ancient Greece (published in 1997 by Weldon Owen Pty. Ltd., 59 Victoria St., McMahons Point, NSW 2060, Australia; republished in 2005 for Barnes and Noble Inc. of New York City, NY, by Fog City Press, 814 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94133). When did the ancient Olympic Games begin? What popular game used the ankle joints of goats or sheep? Why did people cross the River Styx? What could a dinner guest expect to eat at a banquet in ancient Greece? This colorful reference book, intended especially for young people, briefly covers the ages of Ancient Greece, using copious illustrations and photographs.
The account begins with the early settlement of the Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenean Civilizations (3200-1100 BC) during which time the Trojan War took place. Next it goes through the Dark Age (1100-700 BC) when many Greeks emigrated and founded colonies in the Aegean Islands, Asia Minor, southern Italy, and as far away as France and Spain; the Archaic Period (700-480 BC) with the rise of city states such as Athens, Thebes, Corinth, and Sparta; the Classical Period (480-323) including the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars; and the Hellenistic Age (323-31 BC) of Philip of Macedon and his conquering son Alexander the Great. Finally it ends with the conquest of the Greek civilization by Rome concluding in 31 BC.
In addition to the historical information, there are descriptions of Ancient Greek government, religion, mythology, funeral practices, home life, education, dress, work, shopping, food, festivals, philosophy, theater, medicine, artisanship, building, and warfare. Editor Louise Schofield is the Curator of Greek Bronze Age and Geometric Antiquities, in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum, London. It is extremely educational yet very interesting. There are a couple of drawings of nude men which, though not frontal, some parents may not like. Otherwise it is fascinating.