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The New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History Paperback – 28 Nov 2002
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About the Author
Colin McEvedy is the author of The Penguin Atlas of Ancient History; The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History; The Penguin Atlas of Recent History (Europe Since 1815) and The Penguin Atlas of North American History. He lives in London, W6
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I've awarded 3 stars as I think its rather grandiose title is a bit misleading; I would call it a guide rather than an atlas.
It's not quite as good as its Medieval counterpart, but it's splendid nonetheless. It starts in the Ice Age and ends in 362AD, with Emperor Julian about to lead his legions against the Persians and with the Huns in Kazakhstan, looming ominously. It overlaps with the Medieval book, but should have overlapped a bit more in order to show the end of the classical world.
There are printing errors - a missed character on one map; Ireland disappearing briefly at the end of the Ice Age - but the story of the creation of our world is well told with McEvedy's trademark deftness and wit. Where else would the non-specialist learn about Sargon of Akkad, the Seleucids and the Tocharians - not to mention the linguistic development that made nearly every language from the Orkneys to the Indus related to each other?
This is a light, easy read that can be dipped into at any time for an easy, broad introduction to early history. Recommended.
My main criticism would be around the presentation of the map. Why use a multitude of very similar hatchings to denote language instead of much easier to read colours? Understandable for a litho printed book in the 70s, much less so now.
It would also have been nice to get a bit more of China into the story but it is understandably hard to make that fit nicely onto a map.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of those books that really helps the reader understand how events affect our present.Published on 1 July 2014 by OL
This Atlas is a superb visual guide with clear authoritative text to the fluctuations and tides of European culture, language & history from pre history to the dawn of the... Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by Julian Cosmsos
Very satisfied with this purchase. Found it a concise and authoritative surveyof its period and an excellent introductory basis for further study.Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by Icarus
An amazing book cleverly done in a way that explains history in a very inovative way. It is a book I like to have on hand to referrer to when reading other history books.Published on 9 Mar. 2013 by janet
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