Monday, February 11, 2013

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Abby theLibrarian.

For Nonfiction Monday --  "Diggingfor Troy: from Homer to Hisarlik" by Jill Rubalcaba and Eric H. Cline with illustrations by Sarah S. Brannen.

Rubalcaba opens her trek into the past by acquainting the reader with Troy's legend as related by Homer.  Then the search for the ancient lost city begins as she relates the history of the various explorations that began with Heinrich Schliemann in the 1800's and continue into the present day at what is now Hisarlik, Turkey.  Illustrations and photographs document the excavation of the city and explain the changing techniques employed over time. Maps and timelines help readers to follow the complicated history of this legendary site which has been occupied for thousands of years with each city built over the destruction of the previous one.  Archaeologists have identified nine Troys and there is still controversy and numerous theories about which, if any, is the site of Homer's Trojan War.  Notes and a detailed bibliography is included for further reading.

Best for readers in grades six and up.

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