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Buried Cities, Complete Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae   By: (1875-1921)

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Buried Cities, Complete Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae by Jennie Hall is a captivating exploration of ancient civilizations that have been lost to time. From the heart-wrenching tragedy of Pompeii to the majestic beauty of Olympia and Mycenae, Hall seamlessly weaves together historical facts, personal anecdotes, and vivid descriptions to transport readers to these long-forgotten worlds.

In each chapter, the author takes us on a journey through the archaeological sites, shedding light on the lives and cultures of the people who once called these cities home. Hall's attention to detail is commendable, as she meticulously describes the ruins, monuments, and artifacts that have survived thousands of years. Her ability to breathe life into these relics is truly remarkable, allowing readers to truly envision the grandeur and everyday life of these ancient civilizations.

One of the most gripping aspects of the book is Hall's ability to recreate the pivotal moments in the cities' histories. From the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried Pompeii in ash and preserved it for centuries, to the legendary Olympic Games held in Olympia, and the flourishing Mycenaean civilization, she brings these stories to life with emotion and suspense. Readers will feel a deep connection with the past, walking alongside Hall as she uncovers the secrets of these buried cities.

Furthermore, Hall's prose is accessible and engaging, making the book suitable for both history enthusiasts and casual readers alike. She seamlessly combines historical facts with her own musings, creating a narrative that is both educational and personal. The author's evident passion for these ancient civilizations shines through every page, immersing the reader in the wonder and tragedy that accompanied their rise and fall.

Nevertheless, one minor drawback of the book is its brevity. Readers may find themselves craving more in-depth information about certain aspects of the cities, such as the daily lives of their inhabitants or the specific architectural features of the buildings. However, this is a minor fault compared to the overall quality and impact of the book.

In conclusion, Buried Cities, Complete Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae by Jennie Hall is a captivating journey through time that will leave readers both enlightened and in awe. Hall's passion for the subject matter is contagious, and her ability to transport readers to these lost civilizations is nothing short of remarkable. For anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, or simply the beauty of the past, this book is an absolute must-read.

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Author of "Four Old Greeks," Etc. Instructor in History and English in the Francis W. Parker School, Chicago

With Many Drawings and Photographs From Original Sources

The publishers are grateful to the estate of Miss Jennie Hall and to her many friends for assistance in planning the publication of this book. Especial thanks are due to Miss Nell C. Curtis of the Lincoln School, New York City, for helping to finish Miss Hall's work of choosing the pictures, and to Miss Irene I. Cleaves of the Francis Parker School, Chicago, who wrote the captions. It was Miss Katharine Taylor, now of the Shady Hill School, Cambridge, who brought these stories to our attention.


Do you like to dig for hidden treasure? Have you ever found Indian arrowheads or Indian pottery? I knew a boy who was digging a cave in a sandy place, and he found an Indian grave. With his own hands he uncovered the bones and skull of some brave warrior. That brown skull was more precious to him than a mint of money. Another boy I knew was making a cave of his own. Suddenly he dug into an older one made years before. He crawled into it with a leaping heart and began to explore. He found an old carpet and a bit of burned candle. They proved that some one had lived there... Continue reading book >>

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