Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Newton's Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms

Editors Larry and Marion Pierce, present a modern translation of Newton's Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms, A Complete Chronology, published by Master Book publishers.  This "history" book, written by Sir Isaac Newton, during his lifetime, is translated in English, for today's reader. Yes- it is true, Newton was not just a scientist, but also a skilled writer. Written in outline format, chronologially, this compendium covers the history of ancient empires, including Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia and Greeks.  Not intended as a stand alone history book, this work is more suitable as a supplimental work for the serious history student or for research purposes. Newton's work, in of itself may be considered an important artifact or piece of history.  It is insightful, to look in to the mind of an ancient historian and contrast it to the perspectives and style of a contemporary history book by modern day editors, on ancient history.  Half the text is an appendix and notes/ citations.  There is an Appendix listing individual kings of the ancient empires, as well as a glossary.  The "exhaustive index of every proper noun in the body of the work" takes up an entire third of the book itself-  50 full pages of the total 205 page book. This book is not exactly for casual reading, but it is intended for study purposes.  There are a couple of diagrams included in the text, but otherwise, the illustration is sparse.  As a blogger for New Leaf publishers, I recieved this book for the purposes of review.

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