Following the odyssey of human beings throughout time, this first volume begins with the earliest civilizations and extends through the 12,000 intervening years to the Middle Ages, covering "Prehistoric" people, Sumer, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Buddhism, Judiasm, Greek gods & culture, Rome, the rise of Christianity, the legacy of the Classical World, The Byzantine Empire, and the Medieval Era. Filled with photographs, discover cave paintings and stained glass; art from the Middle East, Greece, and Europe; and magnificent architecture from the world over. Engaging stories, straightforward text, images, maps, charts, and pronunciation help boxes ensure students' interest and understanding. 664 pages with glossary and index, hardcover. Grade 7.