Seller: ancientgifts (4,521) 100%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123136080167 A Soaring Spirit TimeFrame 600-400 B.C. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 174 pages. Publisher: Time-Life book Inc; (1987). The Time Frame series was released in the late 80's-early 90's. Each volume undertakes to describe the major events that happened in one specific time period in the development of mankind’s civilization(s). The volumes are richly illustrated, and designed as an introduction to the time frame covered. Especially compelling are the artists interpretations or recreations of what various ancient civilizations would have looked like – their architecture, homes, monuments, cities, daily life, jewelry, food, family life, dwellings, occupations, etc. As just one instance, the ruins of Babylon and Ur, Athens and Rome hint at the incredible richness of those fabled cities. The artist’s recreations in this series are simply mind-numbing. This is as close as you can be to actually having been there. The entire series is truly a magnificent introduction to the history of the era. If you could have just one book (or series of books) to introduce the history of humankind, this would have to be it. The overviews are concise and well-written. Together with the illustration and pictures they impart a wonderful mental and emotional “picture” of what life must have been like in various civilizations and at various times. Done in a style so wonderfully characteristic of Time-Life’s publications, these are over-sized “coffee table” type books full of impressive imagery. The pictures of the world’s greatest art and architecture alone are worth the cost of these books. But don’t get the impression that these volumes are “fluff”. While a particular volume might not quite take the place as a university degree, the material is well-written, informative, and immensely intellectually gratifying, overview though it might be. This particular volume, “Time-Frame 600-400 B.C.”, is sub-titled “A Soaring Spirit”. The material is divided into a number of subjects which will give you an idea of the rich content; and includes: “Persia at the Crest” - Darius I, The Empire’s Peak in 522 B.C. – Scythian Cavalrymen – King Cyrus’s Babylon – Persepolis, Cosmopolitan Capital, Mede, Ionian, Indian, Scythian, Cilician, Persian, Bactrian, Assyrian – Cyrus the Great’s “Paradise Garden” at Pasargadae – The Attraction of Wild Beasts. “The Hellenic Unfolding” – The Embattled Greeks – The Persian War – Battle of Marathon 490 B.C. – Battle of Salamis 480 B.C. – Battle of Plataea 479 B.C. – Battle of Mantinea 418 B.C. – Battle of Syracuse 416-413 B.C. – the Islands of the Aegean Sea – The Goddess Athena Patron of Athens – Homer’s Odyssey – Rewards of the Playing Field and The Olympics – Persian Immortal versus Greek Hoplite – Athenian Naval Triremes – The Glory of Athens – An Alphabetic Legacy – The Intellects of Athens – Greek Ceramics – The Flowering Voice of Poetry – Songs of Early Poets – The Tragedians – Aeschylus, Ancient Vengeance – Sophocles, Exploring Evil – Euripides, Denial of the God - Creating an Ideal Beauty – Shaping the Stone – Casting a Masterpiece – A Golden Tribute – Canvas of Clay. “Dawn of the Romans” – Romulus and Remus – Celtic/Roman Conflicts – Ornamented Temples – Artistry in Weapons – Celtic Hilltop Fortresses – La Tene Culture. “Enlightenment in the East” – Decline of the Zhou – Northern and Southern Barbarian Kingdoms – Armor and Weaponry of The Chinese Warrior – A Unified India. “Dwellings for the Dead” – Sepulcher for a Persian King – Tomb of a Celtic Warrior – Etruscan Grave with Familial Comforts. - CONDITION: 1) New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Title: A Soaring Spirit, Subtitle: TimeFrame 600-400 B.C.