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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

127. Life in the Ancient World by Bart Winer

Life in the Ancient World by Bart Winer. Illustrated by Steele Savage

Rating: (5/5)

(US) - (Canada)

1961, Random House,  213 pgs +index
Age: 8+

"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.

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