Ancient World is a lively introduction to the people and places of the distant past, covering the period between 10,000 B.C. and A.D. 500. The book begins by explaining how the discovery of farming led to the growth of the first civilizations and ends with the collapse of the Roman Empire. As well as exploring the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, Ancient World introduces less well-known groups of people, such as the warlike Scythians and the incense-makers of Arabia. The book describes places as far apart as the pyramid cities of Central America and the Great Wall of China. Written in consultation with Dr. Anne Millard, an experienced archaeologist, lecturer, and children's writer, Ancient World provides new insight into a fascinating period in the history of our world.