Theras and His Town is about the struggle of an Athenian boy called Theras whose father was killed in battle and who was parted from his family and sent to Sparta, a nearby city-state in Ancient Greece. He goes to great lengths to return home, and on the way, meets Abas, a perioikoi boy. Eventually, Theras and Abas make it back to Athens after months of traveling. When he returns, Theras discovers that his father is alive and well, and had only been imprisoned and released, not killed. This book is not only about Ancient Greece, but also about family, and helping those in need.
The Hanging Gardens might actually be located in Nineveh, according to the accounts of the Assyrian King Sennacherib, who says that he built a huge aqueduct from the mountains into Nineveh in the early seventh century b.c.e. Sennacherib doesn’t actually say that he built the gardens in his writings, but he did mention a water-raising screw that he could have used to irrigate the Gardens. Sennacherib renamed the city New Babylon after his victory over the Babylonians. This could explain why the Greeks referred to it as the Garden of Babylon, rather than the Garden of Nineveh, because of the confusing name change. The Hanging Gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World until they were destroyed in the late second century by several earthquakes. There is no real evidence that they exist, except in the Greeks writing and, of course, in Sennacherib’s records.
Dr. Stephanie Dalley, of Oxford University, was convinced that the Gardens are in Nineveh, and spent several years trying to prove it. She backs her evidence up by the fact that the Babylonians wrote nothing about the Hanging Gardens, and because the Assyrians were their nemesis, they wouldn’t have written about the Gardens if the Assyrians had built it.
The Hittite Warrior is about a young boy who grew up in Hatti, an ancient Hittite province. As he grows up, the people on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea Peoples, became more and more dangerous, imposing a threat on the boy’s homeland. He is forced to flee his country and goes to Canaan, where a large family takes him in a cares for him. He meets a friend there, and together the two save a baby from being sacrificed to a god. This, however, made them unwanted in Canaan, and once again, the boy is forced to run for it, his new friend tagging along. They go south, into the land of the Hebrews, who almost sacrifice the pair to their god. They are spared from that fate by an old woman who used to be a Canaanite before she too had to flee. After a few weeks, the boy returns home to Hatti, only to find that the Sea Peoples have begun to attack the country. He goes to fight the Peoples, but when he returns home, the capital city gets destroyed. ‘The Hittite Warrior’ is a well written masterpiece, telling the tale of a fugitive as he runs around the Mediterranean.
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This book is about Sacagawea and her life. It is partly fictional, but mostly non-fiction. In the beginning Sacagawea is taken prisoner by the Minnetaree from her home land of the Shoshone. She is won in marriage by a half Minnetaree man named Charbonneau. When William Clark and Meriwether Lewis stay for the winter there with the Corps of Discovery, Charbonneau offers his services to them. He reluctantly takes Sacagawea with him. At the end, she sends her son to a University in Saint Louis and wins the trust of many Americans.℘
All birthdays big and small,
Include the love of all
Who are your friends and family.℘
Upon a birthday
Sun shines bright
And fills the
Guests with delight.℘
The forest is quiet, asleep in a dream,
A wolf family lies within,
The mother is lean,
And her children are weaning,
While the father is hunting for food.℘