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Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: from Prehistory to 640 CE

Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: from Prehistory to 640 CE

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By (author) Ralph W. Mathisen

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 231mm x 20mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 24 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195378385
  • ISBN 13: 9780195378382
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.), maps (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 1,506,093

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Challenging the stereotypes and myths that typically characterize students' understanding of antiquity, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE focuses on continuity and connections, along with cultural diffusion and cultural diversity, to show how history is a cumulative process and that numerous themes recur in different times and places. The text also explores sensitive issues and debates including attitudes toward race, ethnicity, and tolerance; gender issues and roles; slavery; social mobility; religion; political evolution; the nature of government; and imperialism. FEATURES: * "History Laboratory": Concise observations on how historians use different methodologies to interpret historical evidence-including mysterious objects like the "Ice Man" and the Antikythera device-and to debunk pseudoscience * "Historical Controversy": Reflections that explore conflicting modern interpretations of such ancient phenomena as Noah's Flood, "Black Athena," Athenian democracy, and Alexander the Great's character * "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words": Illustrations of distinctive material artifacts-buildings, frescoes, pots, statues, and more-accompanied by brief essays explaining how nonliterary material can shed light on ancient cultures * "Mysteries of History": Selections that address puzzling and intriguing aspects of the past (i.e., "Cleopatra, The Legend and the Reality") * "In Their Own Words": Extended quotations (from literary or epigraphical texts) that exemplify each chapter's main themes and show how various types of written documents can help students learn about history * Stunning Interior Design: More than 200 maps and illustrations-including an eight-page color portfolio-offer the richest and most pedagogical art program of any comparable text available * Image Image Bank CD containing more than 100 PowerPoint-based slides and approximately forty maps, organized to accompany the text. Available to adopters of the text.

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Ralph W. Mathisen has appointments in History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include ecclesiastical history, barbarian studies, late Latin literature, prosopography, numismatics, and the society, culture, and religion of Late Antiquity. He has authored, coauthored, or edited thirteen books and has published more than ninety scholarly articles. He is Editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity and Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity, Director of the Biographical Database for Late Antiquity Project, and a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society.

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"All in all, this text does many things a modern text should do--it provides excellent standard content coverage for the time period, it teaches students about the methodology of history, it illustrates that our knowledge of the events of history was not decided by historians centuries ago but instead is constantly evolving, it fits the ancient world into a more global perspective, and it helps students relate to the past. What more could an instructor want in a text?"--Jana S. Pisani, Ferris State University

Table of contents

PRELUDE TO HISTORY ; 1. The Origins of History: Civilization Before Civilization (2,000,000-3000 BCE) ; PART I: THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION: THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST ; 2. Mesopotamia and the Bronze Age (6000-1200 BCE) ; 3. Egypt and the Bronze Age (8000-1200 BCE) ; 4. Coastal Civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean (2500-800 BCE) ; 5. Iron Age Empires: Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia (850-500 BCE) ; PART II: THE GLORY THAT WAS GREECE ; 6. Greece in the Dark and Archaic Ages (1100-500 BCE) ; 7. Sparta, Athens, and the Classical Age (500-387 BCE) ; 8. Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age (387-31 BCE) ; PART III: THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME ; 9. The Rise of Rome and the Roman Republic (753-121 BCE) ; 10. The Decline of the Republic and the Founding of the Principate (149-21 BCE) ; 11. The Roman Peace (27 BCE-92 CE) ; PART IV: THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY ; 12. Crisis and Recovery: The Formation of the Late Roman Empire (192-337) ; 13. The Christian Empire and the Late Roman World (337-476) ; 14. The End of Antiquity (476-640)