The four principal cultures of the ancient world - Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome - are featured in this authoritative children's reference book and timeline. The timeline spans the period from the earliest Neolithic settlements in 5000 or 6000 BC to the end of the Roman Empire. The accompanying 32-page book contains background information on the four main cultures and illustrated feature articles on the most important people, places, objects and events from the timeline. The 14-page timeline folds out from the back of the book and can be detached and displayed separately. The timeline is attractively designed, with readable text and a wealth of photographic illustrations. Displayed on a wall it gives a clear, easily comprehensible overview of events in the ancient world and allows children to compare at a glance the history of the major cultures of antiquity.