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I read The Ancient World Ancient India, written by Allison Lassieur and published by Scholastic Books, Inc.  It has 103 pages. This book is about the development of Ancient India and some of their greatest tribes and civilizations; it tells about the stories they told and how some of them still affect the world today. The author talks about the tools they used, the food they ate, gods they believed in, the art they created, and how some of the games and activities they did we still use today. I selected this book because I thought it would be interesting to see what other parts of the world used in day to day life and how it affected them and their civilizations. Many parts of India had different empires and different ways that they were allowed to live their lives, and had different techniques of doing things so it would be interesting to figure out how different other empire were to another,The author’s purpose for writing this book was so readers could understand how stories, empires and activities affected life today and how we learned how to do a lot of the stuff we do now, in the book the author put in Ancient India’s religions and how we still use a lot of the them. She talks about their writing and how it influenced other empires in ancient India, how their art influenced other groups and it also talks about how we use the tools they did today in everyday life and also the materials they used in their art work.Many empires one India: the first event talks about how Ancient India had many different empires, rulers etc… it talks about a small but major kingdom named Kalinga and how it was being attacked by a ruler named Ashoka, Ashoka was the ruler of the Mauryan Empire. Ashoka’s goal was to destroy Kalinga and take all of its resources to help him add to his growing empire. It talks about how Ashoka murdered his brothers to take over the throne of India, people in Kalinga had stories saying that he killed 500 ministers even after they passed his loyalty test, they also said he built a torture chamber for his own personal amusement and to watch his victims suffer. When Ashoka attacked Kalinga he killed more than 100,000 people and captured another 150,000. Once the fighting ended it talked about how Ashoka walked through the battlefield and saw the lifeless bodies of his victims and was disappointed in himself by the suffering he had caused he changed after he seen what he did in Kalinga and dedicated his life to buddhism and rejected violence and war.  After that it talks about the new laws he made which was nonviolence and the respect for human beings.I found this chapter interesting because i thought it was crazy how all of a sudden Ashoka changed his ways that fast after causing all the suffering and pain of others and how he became a nonviolent person and changed his ways to go to buddhism and did not allow violence in his kingdom after the war with Kalinga.Mystery of the forgotten civilization: the second event talks about how the different kingdoms of Ancient India went missing and how they went missing, it talks about how in the nineteenth century archaeologists studying the cultures of ancient egypt and Sumeria found clues to a great civilization that existed when Egypt and Sumeria did. The civilization they found was called Meluhha, Meluhha was the center point of a trading culture. It talks about what they traded in such as, copper, ceramics, and others good. It says how the culture of Meluhha was wealthy and large and as powerful as Egypt and Sumeria. Once the archaeologists discovered Meluhha they kept searching for beginnings of other Ancient Indian civilizations. Archaeologists also learned about India’s early civilizations and their sacred religions. From digging up empires and kingdoms the archaeologists learned about early politics, battles and their artwork.  While digging up kingdoms and empires they found writings which helped them figure out that these writing were from different early civilizations that were form the southern coast of ancient India. I found this chapter interesting because it was talking about how ancient India was not found just on its own ancient India was discovered by archaeologist finding egypt and sumeria and them getting clues that there were other civilizations around, it talked about the goods they used and that there were other civilization coming from southern India to where Meluhha was because of its wealthy and huge civilization.Ruling ancient India: the 3rd event talks about the the different rulers of ancient India especially Ashoka and other rulers in the indus valley. It talks about how Ashoka was the only king who recorded on how he ruled his government and how it turned out,  all though each major culture had some sort of organization in their government to help them rule better. Archeologists used Harappa and Mohenjo Daro to help them find clues on what type of government cultures had. Archaeologists have discovered cases of different rulers having strong, organized systems of government they also found evidence that ruined city structures were laid out on a grid to help them with the construction of their buildings. It talks about what archaeologists have found in larger homes and small cubicles where guards may have stood protecting the kingdoms and empires and also wealthy families, some of the government types archaeologists have found are all large manufacturing governments involving in trade as a way for their kingdom to make money or goods. Kingdoms in the Indus valley traded copper, jewelry, and gold and silver. And it also talked about how they traded with other empires and kingdoms.I found this event interesting because the types of governments they had and how other parts ran their empires was very different certain empires were not allowed to do certain things while others were able to do whatever they wanted. They had the same type of government as we do now and they ran them like we do today. They relied on other parts of Ancient India like we rely on other parts of the world so we can get the resources we need and i thought it was interesting because the government then and the government now are similar. yoga was first invented in Ancient India as a way to for them to practice mental discipline and inner peace for a person’s mind, yoga came from Yajnavalkya sutra which was mentioned in the Vedics texts. Over the years of people practicing  they also came up with new positions and ways to calm you easier and faster and we still use this technique today.Chess was first invented in Ancient India the game was played as a way for soldiers to figure out military strategy, players used dice, figures and pawns each of the game pieces symbolized different parts of the army, infantry, cavalry, chariotry, and elephantry and we still use chess today. If i met the author i would tell her to put dates in her chapters of the emphors when the empires fell and when games and activities were made so i could understand better about when the things that rulers and empire did happened. I would also tell her that she should more detail into her chapters and more detail into what they did in day to day life and explain some more of their traditions.


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