Saturday, 19 December 2015

Looking at Ancient History

This is another of my favourites and well worth a look at.

In just over 100 pages R J Unstead presented the young reader of the late 1950s with a sweeping story of the lives of people  from Ancient Egypt through the civilisations of the Two Rivers and to Crete, The Greeks and the Romans culminating with a section of What we owe to the Ancient World.

And like so many of Mr Unstead‘s books it mixes wonderful illustrations with descriptions of everyday life.

What I particularly like about the book is that concentration on “ordinary lives” which were beginning to become part of how history was presented to young people.

Picture; cover of Looking at Ancient History, R J Unstead, 1959

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