To Be Indiana Jones…

September 11, 2016 at 4:46 am (Education, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

2359468Title: Babylonian Life and History

Author: E. A. Wallis Budge

Genre: History/ Archeology

So, I want to be Indiana Jones when I grow up. Who doesn’t? Although a friend advised me that to be Andi “Tex” Klemm would be far cooler, and I have suggested that I just might have to embroider this onto a fedora.

In the meantime, I study as much history as I can.  I also subscribe to the Archeology magazine.  And the way I go all fan-girl at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, well, it’s part of what makes me awesome… right?

So my “grown-up reading time” during my 5 year old’s ancient history year was Babylonian Life and History by E. Wallis Budge.  It was neat teaching her the bare bones of the Babylonians and Assyrians out of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World, and memorizing tidbits from the Classical Conversations curriculum, while getting a deeper dose for myself. I’ll continue this effort of furthering my education while I begin hers as long as I can. If you don’t have time for that, I understand completely; but if you do, this is a worthy book to select.

E.A. Wallis Budge never ceases to amaze me. Every time I think I have everything he ever wrote I think I find 3 new titles. He’s so prolific and seems to be the end all be all on Ancient History. Found some tidbit of from the ancient world you’d like to investigate? – there’s probably a Budge book for that. His prose is nothing special, and at times even a little boring, but I love reading his work and hope to read it all before I die.

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2 Comments

  1. E. Michael Helms, author said,

    Reblogged this on e. michael helms and commented:
    A.K. and Indiana Jones!

  2. E. Michael Helms, author said,

    You go, GIRL (& Mom, and Teacher of all things important!)! To instill knowledge and enthusiasm into your children is a cause worthy of high praise. Thank you for carrying on this long and time-honored practice! Yes, our kids can learn a lot with their “pads, phones, tabs, and whatevers,” but nothing beats the one on one personal transfer of knowledge from parent to child. Instill in them the hunger to seek out knowledge on their own, through books as well as e-sources. That will be an act that will pay dividends far beyond today’s brief cyber-world comprehension. You go, A.K.! You are doing it right, young lady! 🙂
    –Michael

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