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Darius the Great Makers of History   By: (1803-1879)

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Darius the Great Makers of History by Jacob Abbott is a fascinating historical account that takes readers on a captivating journey through ancient Persia. The book delves into the life and reign of Darius the Great, a ruler who left an indelible mark on the world.

Abbott's detailed and thorough research is evident throughout the book. He provides readers with a wealth of information about the political, cultural, and social aspects of Persia during Darius' reign. From the organization of his vast empire to the innovations he introduced, Abbott paints a comprehensive picture of Darius' rule.

One commendable aspect of Abbott's writing is his ability to bring historical figures to life. Darius emerges as a complex and multi-dimensional character, with Abbott providing insight into his motivations, ambitions, and challenges. Through vivid descriptions and anecdotes, the author enables readers to empathize with Darius and understand the difficulties he faced in maintaining his empire.

Moreover, the book effectively contextualizes Darius' reign within the broader historical landscape. Abbott seamlessly weaves in background information about the Persian Empire's rise to power and its interactions with neighboring civilizations. This contextualization not only enriches the narrative but also helps readers comprehend the significance of Darius' accomplishments.

One minor drawback is that at times the book becomes slightly repetitive. Certain sections reiterate information that has already been covered, which can be mildly tedious for readers. However, this flaw is far outweighed by the book's overall strengths.

Darius the Great Makers of History is an engaging and educational read. Abbott's writing style is accessible and fluid, making it appealing to both history enthusiasts and those new to the subject. This book is not only an excellent resource for historical knowledge but also an enjoyable way to learn about an often overlooked period in world history.

In conclusion, Darius the Great Makers of History is an enlightening account of the life and reign of one of Persia's most significant rulers. Abbott's meticulous research, compelling storytelling, and ability to bring history to life make this book a must-read for anyone interested in ancient civilizations and the legacies they left behind.

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Makers of History

Darius the Great







Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty, by


in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Copyright, 1878, by JACOB ABBOTT.



In describing the character and the action of the personages whose histories form the subjects of this series, the writer makes no attempt to darken the colors in which he depicts their deeds of violence and wrong, or to increase, by indignant denunciations, the obloquy which heroes and conquerors have so often brought upon themselves, in the estimation of mankind, by their ambition, their tyranny, or their desperate and reckless crimes. In fact, it seems desirable to diminish, rather than to increase, the spirit of censoriousness which often leads men so harshly to condemn the errors and sins of others, committed in circumstances of temptation to which they themselves were never exposed. Besides, to denounce or vituperate guilt, in a narrative of the transactions in which it was displayed, has little influence in awakening a healthy sensitiveness in the conscience of the reader... Continue reading book >>

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