The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615302808
  • ISBN-13: 9781615302802
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released March 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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The innovation and progress that characterize modernity often eclipse the accomplishments of ages past. However, close examination of ancient civilizations reveals a sophistication in both thought and accomplishment that in some ways surpasses what is observed in the present. The books in this series detail the ancient lifestyles and cultures that have produced concepts and technologies still in use today. Illustrations complement the text and instill excitement for the achievements of these rich and highly developed societies.

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The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Egypt: From Prehistory to the Islamic Conquest  (ISBN-10: 1615302107 | ISBN-13: 9781615302109)

Home to some of the most remarkable feats of engineering as well as awe-inspiring natural vistas, ancient Egypt was a land of great promise fulfilled. Its pyramids, writing systems, and art all predate the Islamic conquest and are symbols of the civilization's vitality. This volume invites readers to indulge in the splendors of ancient Egyptian culture and discover the traditions that have fired imaginations for generations. A detailed appendix profiles important sites throughout Egypt, many of which still contain remnants and artifacts that illustrate the import of this extraordinary civilization.

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The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Greece: From the Archaic Period to the Death of Alexander the Great  (ISBN-10: 1615302093 | ISBN-13: 9781615302093)

From Archaic times to the reign of Alexander the Great, Greek unity was tenuous, yet Ancient Greece was a place where culture flourished and intellectual achievement knew no bounds. Ancient Greek ideas on philosophy, politics, science, and the arts anticipate many of our own, and in some ways, remain unparalleled today. This book recounts the events that were instrumental to the development of this storied civilization and the indelible legacies it has left behind. A detailed appendix supplements the narrative with in-depth discussion on the Pre-Greek societies that fueled the imagination and gave birth to an enduring body of Greek mythology.

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The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Rome: From Romulus and Remus to the Visigoth Invasion  (ISBN-10: 1615302077 | ISBN-13: 9781615302079)

Echoes of ancient Roman concepts of governance, law, and society still ring throughout the world today. A stranger to neither war nor wealth, ancient Rome was shaped as much by strife as it was by prosperity. The expansion of the Roman Empire was buoyed by this culture's tendency to embrace traditions of its newly assimilated peoples, making Rome a cradle of endless and enduring possibilities. The history of an exceptional empire is recounted in this sweeping volume.

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The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia: The World's Earliest Civilization  (ISBN-10: 1615302085 | ISBN-13: 9781615302086)

Celebrated for numerous developments in the areas of law, writing, religion, and mathematics, Mesopotamia has been immortalized as the cradle of civilization. Its fabled cities, including Babylon and Nineveh, spawned new cultures, traditions, and innovations in art and architecture, some of which can still be seen in present-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Readers will be captivated by this ancient culture's rich history and breadth of accomplishment, as they marvel at images of the magnificent temples and artifacts left behind.

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The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations: Pre-Columbian America: Empires of the New World  (ISBN-10: 1615302115 | ISBN-13: 9781615302116)

From the Mayan calendar to the Toltec architecture at Chichén Itzá, the bequests of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations have endured long after the societies that created them declined. The intellectual and cultural achievements of Pre-Columbian America rivaled those of ancient Rome and Egypt, and greatly enriched the landscape of present-day Mexico and Central America. The traditions, social organizations, languages, and ideas that shaped each of these cultures are examined in this fascinating volume.

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