Friday, March 16, 2012

An Impressive Wall Chart of History

On Tuesday, when I stopped in at St. P's thrift store, and they had their massive sale, I picked up this book:
As usual, the manager's winsome description gave me a chuckle. Please note the price; I bought this book for a dollar - yippee! I should add that I've been wanting this book, and looking for a copy for homeschooling, for several years, but winced at the usual price.
It's truly a wall chart. I laid it out so you could see. I've tried to get this photo in the center, but it will not cooperate!
This is the kind of thing we classical teachers adore. It's chronological, and very visual. When kids see it all laid out like this, they begin to get a glimpse of how historical events are overlapping, or occurring simultaneously on the timeline.
If you look at the photo above, you'll see the very first reason I fell in love with this chart: the linkage of men, from Adam to Moses. I'm sorry you can't read it. The picture shows that Adam's and Methusaleh's lives overlapped, and then the linking continued to Shem, and them to Isaac, then to Levi, them to Amram, and then to Moses. This is only a total of seven men - seven! Isn't it astounding to realize that the events in the Garden of Eden could have passed among only seven humans, in order to reach the mind of Moses, who then put the information into the Scriptural account. No wonder he could be so detailed and accurate. It's hard for us to conceive, since we are short-lived compared to these men.
Here's a spot on the timeline showing the change of the Roman Republic as it disintegrated into a chaos of empire.
The little tag said that the book only covers the Western world, but this is not so. The nations in Asia and the dynasties of China , and later India, are included as well. However, the chart is heavily weighted to the European world and its surrounds.

This is the last page. Note how packed the lines have become, how complicated our political world has grown. The page on the right covers only 1750 to the present. I'm sad to say that, this year in history, Julia is studying 1600-1850. Next year we'll spend the whole year on 1850-present. What a lot of time we spend on recent history, and what a lot of history on this chart is never, ever studied by students at all!!
I consider myself as following a Classical method, but frankly we should delve more deeply into older history. We show our vanity and foolishness when we assume our own times are more worthy of study than older ones. What do you think?

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