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1joy2bme
jul. 6, 2008, 1:56 pm

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some suggestions for living books that cover ancient civilizations...other than Egypt. Egyptian history books are very easy to find, but I'm not having as much luck with any other people group.

If you know of any good books about Assyria, Babylon, the Medes and Persians, etc. please post their titles and authors here.

2MrsLee
Editat: jul. 6, 2008, 7:44 pm

joy2bme - First of all, I recommend looking up a bibliography of Rosemary Sutcliff.
http://rosemarysutcliff.wordpress.com/a-summary-bibliography/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_Sutcliff

I have read several of her books, and they are very well done. I think she wrote about some of those civilizations, but mostly she wrote about ancient Briton up through the Roman days. I don't know which, if any of her titles were of other cultures.

Here are two other books I have.

Treasures Under the Sand by Alan Honour (about the archaeologist Leonard Woolley)

Hittite Warrior by Joanne Wiliamson (I have not read this yet, but my children did. On the back cover it says: "This meticulously researched novel is set in the time of the Judges, and incorporates Biblical facts with a gripping story, set against the wide background of ancient civilizations.")

ETA: links for R.S. bibliography

3joy2bme
jul. 17, 2008, 5:38 pm

Mrs Lee, Thanks for the Rosemary Sutcliff link. I have her book Black Ships Before Troy, but I hadn't thought to check any of her other titles.
And Treasures Under the Sand looks very interesting. I will see if I can find it at our local library.

4tebowfamily
jul. 24, 2008, 10:59 pm

You might also try books by G.A. Henty, he has historical fiction in many different time periods that include lots of famous historical characters.

5MrsLee
jul. 25, 2008, 4:55 pm

Yes, tebowfamily, I didn't list Henty because the only book I've read by him was from Egypt. Many of my friends like him, I've had a good experience and a bad one with the two I've tried. Loved The Cat of Bubastes, was very bored, and quit reading the one about the Boar War, whose name I cannot recall at the moment.

6joy2bme
Editat: jul. 26, 2008, 10:51 am

Thanks for the suggestion, tebowfamily. I checked out the time periods for Henty's books on the Vision Forum web-site and The Cat of the Bubastes is the first one chronologically. Mrs. Lee, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed that book; I've scheduled it as a read aloud in our second term when we are studying Egypt.

I think where my greatest weakness is right now is finding living books for the Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes & Persians. I did find a privately published book about ancient civilizations entitled The Story of the Ancient World by Christine Miller. It is a revision of H.A. Guerber 's The Story of the Chosen People. It's going to work well as the main history spine for my youngest child. Other than that, I'm relying on several books about creation and the flood that I got from Answers In Genesis.

Thanks for taking the time to help me.

7MrsLee
jul. 26, 2008, 12:59 pm

It's still about the very early days of creation and the flood, but Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick is an excellent story. It really made me aware of the oral history of the Biblical accounts and how each generation interacted with the other until the story was written down.

8tebowfamily
ag. 4, 2008, 11:28 am

I just came across and advertisment for a book that might be helpful. It is also by Christine Miller and called All Through the Ages. It is apparently a listing of "living" books done chronologically throughout time, sounds interesting to look into.