Great Events from History is a multivolume series projected to cover from prehistory to the twenty-first century.
The first installment in the revised and expanded series, Great Events from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 C.E. contains 418 essays, 289 are all new essays.
Nineteen maps of portions of the ancient world appear grouped together for easy reference in the front of each volume. Accompanying the essays are about 175 illustrations (mostly line art and photographs of busts, sculptures, coins, paintings, and drawings depicting the individual) and 86 maps, succession lists, genealogies, and other sidebars.
The events—which range from “c. 25,000 b.c.e., San Peoples Create Earliest African Art” to “September 4, 476 c.e., Fall of Rome”—are grouped into one or more of the following categories:
The articles in this set range from 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and follow a standard format. Each article begins with a date and title followed by ready reference listings. A summary of the event and its significance is followed by a line giving the event’s locale, with the modern place-name if it has changed, and a categorization of the type of event. A list of the major figures, if any, involved in the event follows, with their birth and death dates, a brief descriptor, and their reign dates if a ruler.
The text of each essay is divided into “Summary of Event” and “Significance” sections, so that each event is described fully and its impact analyzed. Each essay has an annotated list of suggestions for further reading and is cross-referenced to other essays within the set as well as to related essays in Salem’s companion publication, Great Lives from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 C.E.
At the front of both volumes appears a Keyword List of Contents, a list of essay titles arranged alphabetically by the keywords of each title. The set also features a Time Line, a Glossary, a Bibliography, a list of Web sites, and a Chronological List of Entries.
Consulting Editors: Mark S. Aldenderfer, University of California, Santa Barbara; Carole A. Barrett, University of Mary; Jeffrey W. Dippmann, Central Washington University; Christopher Ehret, University of California, Los Angeles; and Katherine Anne Harper, Loyola Marymount University.