Designed for school students, and based on the acclaimed 3-vol. Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean and the 2-vol. Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome, this colorful, 4-vol. set covers more than 1,000 years of a critical period in world history. Over 460 lively and informative articles cover an extensive array of topics on daily life, art and architecture, philosophy, science, religion, statesmen, military leaders, emperors, and more. With 60 full color and 160 black and white illustrations, as well as marginal definitions, sidebar features, timelines, and maps, this set provides an accurate, comprehensive, and accessible research reference for students.