by Harvey & Laurie Bluedorn
None of us can travel backward in time to observe events as they happened in ancient days. So what's the next best thing?
We can experience these events through those who were actually there - seeing what they saw, and hearing what they heard. We can read the original accounts as they have been preserved for us. This book is a guide to doing just that.
Sure, it may sound impressive to say we've read Herodotus or Plutarch, but that's not the point. The point is that if we've
read these ancient histories, then we've heard it from the horse's mouth, so to speak.
This is a reference book which guides the student on a selective timeline tour through ancient history, outlining the major events and personalities, and noting the primary literary sources from which these things are known. Time-wise, this book covers the period from the creation of the world to the fall of Rome in A.D. 476. Space-wise, this book covers the civilizations of the near east and west. Each event or person in history is accompanied by suggested readings from various ancient sources. Included with the book is one DVD which contains the full text English translations of most of the classical literature which we reference in the book.
This book will lead you by the hand through the maze of ancient literature and help you find what is appropriate for you and your children to read as you pursue your study of ancient history.
Generally speaking, the classical literature we cite is suitable for students ages twelve and up. Some of the literature is suitable for younger students (Aesop, some of Xenophon, Plutarch, Quintus Curtius, Gellius, Josephus and several others).
Reading/Grade Level: 6th to 12th