The History of the Ancient World By Bauer
Using the narrative approach to history so popular in the Story of the World series, Susan Wise Bauer introduces readers to the people, places, and events of the ancient world.
This lively and engaging narrative history shows the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own. This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history.
Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection. This narrative history employs the methods of “history from beneath”–literature, epic traditions, private letters and accounts–to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.
This book is ideal for high schoolers or for adults who want the great history instruction their children are receiving. Use the History of the Ancient World Study Guide to transform it into a full year of high school history study!