From the Mayan calendar to the Toltec architecture at Chichn Itz, the bequests of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations have endured long after the societies that created them declined. The intellectual and cultural achievements of Pre-Columbian America rivaled those of ancient Rome and Egypt, and greatly enriched the landscape of present-day Mexico and Central America. The traditions, social organizations, languages, and ideas that shaped each of these cultures are examined in this fascinating volume.
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Gr 9 Up-These overviews cover government and society, religion, art and architecture. Each one spans thousands of years. The texts are interspersed with fact boxes that discuss such topics as famous people, significant dates, and specific places. The volumes all read like extended encyclopedia entries, and the writing style is dry. Some of the sentences are so convoluted that they are hard to decipher, and the tone is certainly one of attempting to convey just the facts and dates. However, the words used throughout seem at times dismissive of the civilizations. For example, in Ancient Egypt, when discussing myth, one sentence reads, "...much religious activity focused on constant reiteration or repetition rather than development." Additionally, the illustrations are all in black-and-white, and many of the photographs are grainy. Perhaps this series could be used for student research but these are not books that one would read cover to cover. Many other resources present more engaging and insightful views of these civilizations.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Book Description Rosen Educational Publishing, 2010. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX161530150X