Ancient Times, a History of the Early World: An Introduction to the Study of Ancient History and the Career of Early Man

Ancient Times, a History of the Early World: An Introduction to the Study of Ancient History and the Career of Early Man

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Ancient Times, a History of the Early World: An Introduction to the Study of Ancient History and the Career of Early Man

Ancient Times, a History of the Early World: An Introduction to the Study of Ancient History and the Career of Early Man

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In the selection of subject matter as well as in style and diction, it has been the purpose of the author to make this book sufficiently simple to be put into the hands of first-year high-school pupils. A great deal of labor has been devoted to the mere task of clear and simple statement and arrangement. While simple enough for first-year high-school work, it nevertheless is planned to interest and stimulate all students of high-school age. In dealing with each civilization a sufficient framework of political organization and of historical events has been laid down; but the bulk of the space has been devoted to the life of man in all its manifestations--society, industry, commerce, religion, art, literature. These things are so presented as to make it clear how one age grows out of another, and how each civilization profits by that which has preceded it.

The story of each great race or nation is thus clearly disengaged and presented in period after period; but, nevertheless, the book purposes to present the career of man as a whole, in a connected story of expanding life and civilization from the days of the rudest stone hatchet to the Christian cathedrals of Europe, without a serious gap. A symmetrical presentation of the career of man requires adequate space for the origins of civilization and the history of the Orient, as these two subjects have been revealed by the excavations and discoveries of the last two generations, especially the last twenty-five years. The reasons for devoting more than the customary space to these subjects in this book may therefore be briefly noted.

The length of the career of man discernible by us has been enormously increased at the present day: by archælogical . . .

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