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4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not an epic tome., 28 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Ancient World: a Complete Guide to History's Great Civilizations from Egypt to the Roman Republic (Hardcover)
As the review title suggests this book won't endanger your leisure time but it has the potential to captivate nonetheless. With the most eyecatching photographs of any history book, colour maps and a reader friendly layout, the short amount of time required to read this book will prove to be time well spent. If your requirement is a brief synopsis of the rise and fall of the major ancient civilisations, then read this. The peoples covered are:

1. Sumer 3500-2004 BC
2. Ancient Egypt 3100-1070 BC
3. Ancient India 2600-185 BC
4. Minoans and Mycenaeans 2000-1200 BC
5. Ancient China 1766-208 BC
6. Persian Empire 700-329 BC
7. Classical Greece 800-338 BC
8. Roman Republic 509-27 BC
9. The Maya 600 BC-AD 1697
10. The Inca AD 1000-1533

By reading this you will get at the very least a basic grounding in the above civilisations, it may whet your appetite to pursue more detailed and challenging historical texts or it may altogether quench your thirst. In my opinion this would make an excellent addition to a second level students history library. So, it's basic yet informative but dont expect to be sweating while you read it!!
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