From the lowliest slave to the most powerful ruler, every civilization has been built—and undone—by different classes of people. This new series takes an anthropologist’s view of five famous Ancient Civilizations, noting how the various social groups influenced and interacted with each other and changed the very history of the world. Emphasizing each civilization’s legacy and innovations, each title also presents a timeline of major historical events and engaging facts are highlighted throughout the text. In this title discover an historical overview of the Roman civilization from the perspectives of the social classes, from the senators to the plebeians, including the Italian empire’s growth and decline.
Describes the statues of Easter Island, including theories on how they were built, the people who built them, and what the statues are like today.
Describes the Great Wall of China, including how and why it was built, the dynasties behind its construction, what it was used for, and what it’s like today.
Describes the mystery of Machu Picchu, including how and why it was built, the emperor who lived there, why it was abandoned, and what the ruin is like today.
Describes the mysteries behind Stonehenge, including how and why it was built, the people who built it, and what the ruins are like today.
Describes the Taj Mahal, including how and why it was built, how it was ruined and has been restored, and what it is like today.
Describes the pyramids of ancient Egypt, including how and why they were built, the pharaohs who were buried inside, and what the ruins are like today.