First printed in 1947, this slice of history will delight readers young and old! Foster tells the story of the ancient world from Augustus Caesar to the birth of Christ. Characters and events come alive as readers learn about Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquity. Timelines, charts, maps, and illustrations enhance the text. Opens up the ancient world in a whole new way! Ages 8 and up. 330 pages, softcover from Beautiful Feet.
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Review 1 for Augustus Caesar's World
Should no longer be put in print.
Date:February 27, 2013
I purchased this book because of seeing it in the CBD homeschool catalog and hoped it would be a good history.
This book was interesting but I discovered about half way through that it should not be sold by any professing Christian book distributors because the author's agenda is to promote her idea that all religions worship the same god. I wouldn't have called it her agenda in this review, except that I started reading her other book recently, The World of Captain John Smith, and she is doing the SAME exact thing in that book. Its greatly disappointing.
This book made me wonder if anything she was writing was correct when I reached the chapter about "The Law of Moses" and refers to the torah as an ancient tradition that had been first put into written form about four or five hundred years before (this would be about 400-500 BC - yes, Ezra collected the texts and organized them in the order that they have but that does not mean the were FIRST WRITTEN then). That is entirely incorrect, as anyone who has read the Bible and accepts it as history is well aware.
Look elsewhere for an historical retelling of events and times, because although the telling is interesting, the authoress is definitely promoting the idea that all religions lead to the same end and she uses what knowledge she has to do a survey of some religions of the time period to demonstrate this. Page 150 of my edition (in the chapter on The Pantheon) is where she stops hinting and most evidently sets out her doctrines into the text. Her teaching (and I'm basing this on what I also just read in "The World of Captain John Smith") is directly contradictory to what Christ states when he says that he is the way, the truth and the life and that no man cometh to the Father but by Him. I detest books that call the Truth, a liar.
My children and I agreed we didn't want to bother reading anymore. We stopped around the overview of Akhenaton, approx 3/4 of the way through (skipping the majority of the chapter about the Law of Moses just previous to that since it didn't look any good). I would say this is the portion where she begins her comparison of different religions in different places. I could see from looking ahead that Christ was going to become a part of this history and I was just fearful of what she would end up saying further. So we were done.
I'm not writing this review to argue with anyone, just to further warn people. The one reviewer noticed some problems; I'm just expanding on how bad it really is.
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Review 2 for Augustus Caesar's World
Date:November 22, 2009
We found this to be a valuable read-aloud book on history. It does an excellent job of weaving together the history of various parts of the world. Each chapter begins with nice line art of "people who were living when...and some events that took place between..." The other illustrations in the book are equally well done and well to the stories being told.The book is far more than a well written account of history, however. As much as it is about history, it is also about religion. Depending on your view, this could be a natural inclusion of a very important part of history. The one glaring drawback, and the only reason I did not award it 5 stars, is that it's not written from a Christian, or even a neutral, perspective. In subtle, and some not so subtle, ways it puts forth the view that all religions are the same and ultimately built on what historically came before them. On page 150, the author writes, "And through all those centuries of change, whether they worshipped Him as one God or as many, the have been guided by the same eternal and unchanging spirit. "For it is only man's idea of God that changes."These passages gave us an opportunity to discuss this sort of universalism, but there were so many of them it became tiresome. Still it is a well designed compilation of history if you're willing to engage in the side discussions and/or do some editing.
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Review 3 for Augustus Caesar's World
Date:July 15, 2009
My 12 year old daughter was assigned to read this during 6th grade in her homeschool studies. A couple of weeks ago, she was reading the book again. I asked her why she was re-reading a school book, and she replied that it was so good, she wanted to read it again. How many assigned books are that good?