Many of you are probably familiar with Carole P. Roman's series, "If You Were Me and Lived in ..." Now she has a companion series, "An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time." In this first book, she takes readers to Ancient Greece and walks them through daily life in the city-states there. Home life, clothing, food, education, and parental roles are covered. Modern readers, especially girls, may be annoyed to find out that girls didn't go to school and women were not considered citizens. Shopping, occupations, and military service are also discussed, with descriptions of the goods from all over the world that were offered in the market. Facets of Greek culture that still influence the modern world, such as democracy, philosophy, and the Olympics are pointed out, and the gods of Greek mythology are introduced.
This is a good general introduction to Ancient Greece for young readers. The list of gods and goddesses explaining their attributes and area of influence, along with the glossary of terms will be very helpful for classroom use.
I received an e-book from the author for review purposes.
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