We like to read living books whenever possible. In conjunction with our Scythian History Co-op we read the following books. To see all the associated activities click here.
Two of the books center on Herodotus. He was a Greek who traveled to Scythian lands among other places and wrote about what he saw and his experiences.
Herodotus and the Road to History
by Jeanne Bendict - This book was quite easy to understand. It covered Herodotus' travels to Scythian lands and beyond. (Excellent for 1st-4th grade.)
Stories of the East from Herodotus by Church is also available for free on-line at the Heritage History Website. This book was significantly more difficult than Herodotus and the Road to History. I read the last two chapters of this book to my fifth grader as they were the only two dealing directly with the Scythians. They were excellent for learning about Scythian culture.
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde
by Harold Lamb - This book was wonderful. I read it to my 3rd grader and my 5th grader read it on her own. It was primarily about the Mongols. They lead lives very similar to the Scythians, and therefore everything we learned during the co-op was reinforced with this book. We are studying Ancient China during the next session of the history co-op. Since this book was about Genghis Khan and how he became the emperor of China it offered a good transition into our Ancient China study.
We also read the fact based books Scythians and Sarmatians (Barbarians!)
by Kathryn Hinds and parts of The Usborne Book of World History (Picture World)
. In addition to the books, the following web sites were used as reference material.
Scythian Slide Collection
Scythian Re-enactment Group
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