127. Life in the Ancient World by Bart Winer
(US) - (Canada)
1961, Random House, 213 pgs +index
"A vivid and fascinating account of how people lived from day to day in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Iran, Crete, Greece and Rome."
Purchased a copy from a used book sale.
This is an absolutely wonderful history book for young people and I highly recommend it for Christian homeschoolers. They just don't write them like this anymore. Written from a point of view which naturally assumes that God created the world, the Bible is a true record of history and the reader is a Christian; it interweaves Biblical history with other ancient history seamlessly from Mesopotamia to the Roman emperor Constantine. The book begins with these sentences: ""And they said ... let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven." So begins the Bible's story of the Tower of Babel. This tower wasn't just a legend..." and ends with this sentence: "But the empire of Christ with its center in Rome, the "eternal city," went on to conquer the Western world." Refreshingly written in a storyteller's narrative the book is interesting and informative. Published by mainstream Random House, the book is not overly Christian but will appeal to today's Christian looking for a history book which does not take the "His" out of HIS-Story. Of course, ancient history is ancient but some of the geographical information is outdated and modern discoveries would need to be supplemented with other material but this is a delightful overview of the anicient world. I've read a lot of such books over the years and this one is going to be a keeper on my shelves. A caution that some may find objection with the illustrations which do show nudity when it is applicable. Men are shown from a profile revealing one b*tt cheek and women are shown topless but seldom have visible n*pples. There is a combination between illustrations and actual archival photographs. The copyright page also boasts that the book was fact checked by a professor at Columbia University. A delightful find to be read aloud to youngers or read by up to early teens.