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3.0 out of 5 starsAncient history with modern commentary
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
Good information but before buying understand that there is a lot of commentary on the actually history. I enjoy reading facts and usually don’t want to hear too much commentary. I do enjoy commentary but I primarily want to hear the facts and the evidence used to draw conclusions. Whoever writes these books adds very modern progressive commentary, like when reading about the Phoenicians the author wrote that the Phoenicians had an extreme view on gender roles. Meaning that men worked and women were home makers. This modern commentary is not wanted because when you read ancient history this was extremely common and the opposite was extremely rare. As I said I prefer to read straight up facts and I also enjoy chronology.
5.0 out of 5 starsA must read for a history enthusiast.
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
I'm almost done reading these books. Learning more about the Etruscan and the Minoan civilizations is refreshing since Egypt, Roman, and Greece civilizations are what history books tend to focus on. Discovering these civilizations through their battles, religion, and everyday lives kept me engaged as I read through these books.
Whether it's the Romans, Etruscans, Carthage, Minoans, and other civilizations, it is clear that they all had their golden points that epitomized who they really are. Beginning with the Roman might, in military, technological and agricultural nuances, were a primary force to be dealt with! Hannibal Barca, mightiest general of the Carthaginian empire, was just General Hannibal. By way of elephant and by sheer will, this undoubtedly proved to be the steel shaft behind the curvature of the life sustaining change that his will claimed it to be. Still considered to be one of the Roman Empire's most lethal and challenging foes, there was no love lost between them both. Unbeknownst to many, Carthage was extremely pleasant in the arts to its people, striving forward regarding its economy, cultured to the brim and was its own lifeforce above all else. But like any other civilization to prevail, the Roman Empire did all the heavy lifting. On it's way from becoming a militaristic leader on the field, it paved the way to a more delightful turn as a vast and glorious empire. Not only this, but, it came upon the Etruscans or Etruria, and it became a part or an extension of Rome. The Mediterranean was a vast, fluid and precise playground for the Roman Empire to divest, intrude, conquer, grow and intercede all for the vast glory of ROMA.
5.0 out of 5 starsNot A Dry Review of the Ancient World
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
For a number of people, learning about ancient history is a dull, dry subject filled with lots of names, battles and documents and that's pretty much it. But with the 'Captivating History' books, history is not the 'dull and dry' of the stereotypical textbooks. In this 'Captivating History' group - dealing with civilizations such as the Minoans, Myceneans and Phoenicians among others- there are names and dates but they're presented in a way that isn't just numbers and names; the reader learns about who this person was and why that battle was so important. And the books also cover areas that certain history textbooks overlook, such as religion, clothing, diet, architecture and the like. There are facts and figures but presented in a way that for those not interested in civilizations like Crete and Minoa, it's interesting and it's informative and fun to read. Definitely worth adding to a book collection.
I was given early access to this book in exchange for an honest review upon completion.
I loved how this book was divided into different sections that went into so much detail for each civilization discussed. I will admit that the material for the different sections did vary slightly in their quality, but they were all very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed reading about how expensive Carthage was and the social and religious aspects of the Etruscans. I've always been fascinated by mythology and as such was fascinated to learn about mythology I'd never heard before as well as how they influenced the more popular mythologies such as those practiced by the Greek and Roman cultures. If you are at all interested in history I would absolutely recommend reading this.