Ancient Cultures and Civilizations


Step back in time to the ancient world, where civilizations around the globe laid the foundation for forms of art, architecture, literature, and government that societies still use today. This series presents an in-depth look at the cultures of Sparta, Athens, the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic World, the Mongols, and China’s Qin and Han Dynasties. Each title explores these civilizations’ geography, political landscape, religions, innovations, and contributions to the ancient world. Written to support social studies curricula, this series transports readers back in time where they can see classroom concepts come to life.

  • High-interest subject matter complements classroom learning
  • Nonfiction text features provide opportunities for additional learning



Library Set
ISBN: 978-1-4994-2247-4
© Year 2017
Reading Level: Grade  5
Interest Level: Grades 4 – 6
Size: 6 1/2″ x 9 1/8″ 32 p
Language: English
Features: Detailed Table of Contents • Fact Boxes • Further Information Section • Glossary • Index • Maps

Further Info & Pricing 



The Culture of Sparta

Ancient Sparta is a city-state known for its military conquests and successes. This text introduces readers to the culture of Sparta, which helped turn the ancient civilization into a mighty war machine. Readers learn about life in Sparta, including the importance of slaves and warriors and the roles of men and women. Written to support social studies curricula, this title also covers this civilization’s art, education, religion, and wars. Readers will be fascinated by the rise and fall of this city-state, which they’ll visualize through engaging images and illustrations.

ISBN : 978-1-4994-2260-3
Written by Vic Kovacs



The Culture of Athens

Athens gave the world the Olympics, philosophy, and beautiful architecture, but there’s more to this ancient civilization than the facts everyone knows. This title provides a comprehensive look at the culture of Athens, including how it became a city-state, its rise to power within the Roman Empire, and important military conquests and successes. The social studies-rich text also explores daily life in Athens, family structure, religion, and education. Relatable topics inspire readers to draw connections between life in the past and the present, while sidebars, fact boxes, and Learn More features encourage further learning.

ISBN : 978-1-5081-5000-8
Written by Vic Kovacs



The Culture of the Byzantine Empire

Constantinople was once known as the “city of the world,” but this was only one important settlement in the Byzantine Empire. This title explores the geographical reaches of the eastern part of the Roman Empire, with a focus on the multicultural people who made it their home. The text covers the lives of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, as well as the merchants, Viking mercenaries, and barbarian hordes that made this culture unique. Other important social studies topics include arts, architecture, education, and family life. Readers will be fascinated by the ancient world of the Byzantines!

ISBN : 978-1-5081-5001-5
Written by Vic Kovacs



The Culture of the Islamic World

Islam is one of the world’s major religions, and in ancient times, the Islamic world was one of the world’s major societies. This title provides a sweeping look at the important contributions people of the Islamic world made to learning, architecture, trade, the military, and religion. Readers will learn about the “birth” of Islam through the height of Islamic rule, life in the Ottoman Empire, and the culture’s decline. Coverage of architecture, education, class structure, trade, and the role of men and women supports elementary social studies curricula. Readers will walk away with an understanding of daily life in the culture, as well as its long-standing legacy.

ISBN : 978-1-4994-2259-7
Written by Vic Kovacs



The Culture of the Mongols

Who were the ancient Mongols, and what made their culture unique? Designed to support elementary social studies curricula, this title answers these questions through a comprehensive exploration of the Mongolian Empire. Students will learn about important rulers such as Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan, as well as the lives of ordinary Mongols. Descriptions of the Mongols’ nomadic lifestyle, family structure, food, religious beliefs, hunting practices, tribal relations, and housing will delight readers, while tales of the Forbidden City will fascinate them. Readers are encouraged to further explore this topic through text features such as sidebars and a Learn More section.

ISBN : 978-1-5081-5002-2
Written by Vic Kovacs



The Culture of the Qin and Han Dynasties of China

The dynasties of ancient China ruled the country for centuries. The contributions of the leaders and people of this time have a legacy that can still be seen in Chinese culture today. This title begins with background information on China before the Qin conquest and ends with the end of the Han Dynasty in AD 220. Readers learn about life in Chinese cities and the countryside, as well as important social studies topics such as religion, class structure, education, family life, food, and clothing. By the end of this title, readers will understand how cultural life in Han China set a pattern that is still seen today.

ISBN : 978-1-5081-5003-9
Written by Vic Kovacs


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