OK, so now everyone will officially know I'm a dork, or something like that. My husband recently was talking about Will Durant, author of The History of Civilization, and I decided to see if the book was available. Sadly, it was out of print. Further, it turned out to not be a book, but 11 volumes. Happily, there was a set in very nice condition available on Amazon.com for a mere $175! Oh, happy day!
So, after a while my books arrived, and I let them sit for a week or two; 11 volumes is by and large a decorative thing, right? Ryan flipped through the volume on Greece and Rome, and recognized some of the sculpture and temples, thanks to Calvert School's Child's History of Art. Then, being bored last Friday, I decided to crack open the first volume of the book. Now, I can't say I've made a lot of progress, 100 pages or so (not much of a dent on the oh, 12,000 or so in the set), but there was a great quote on page 5 of the book, right at the beginning of Chepater 2 on the economic elements of civilization:
"Three meals a dare are a highly advanced institution. Savages gorge themselves or fast."
But, funniest of all to me, when Ryan saw the cover of this book:
he exclaimed, "I know that guy! He's the Hammy guy! He gave us the first Code of laws!" He then raced upstairs for his Calvert 4th grade history book, brought it back down and announced that it was Hammurabi, who was the first "dude" to put the laws right out there in public so everyone could read them. When quizzed as to whether everyone could read, he admitted not, but then rushed to say that they all must have had friends who could help, so if they wanted to be criminals, they could know enough to stop before they got caught.
I was amazed that he remembered and recognized Hammurabi. I doubt he would have known of Hammurabi (and certainly not of the Greek and Roman sculpture and temples) at the end of 6th grade without Calvert School. Sometimes our kids just make us proud.
And, to our neighbors to the north, Happy Canada Day!