The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History

The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History

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By (author) D. Brendan Nagle

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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 231mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
  • ISBN 10: 0205637442
  • ISBN 13: 9780205637447
  • Edition: 7, Revised
  • Edition statement: 7th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 1,522,898

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For courses in Ancient History (Ancient Near East - Egypt/Mesopotamia), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome. The Ancient World is a comprehensive, multi-perspective, and integrated chronicle of the history of the ancient world, from Sumer to the fall of Rome, that explores the distinctive forms society took--particularly the unusual (by the standards of college students today) relationships between society and the state that characterized the social order of antiquity. By closely integrating social and cultural histories with the political, institutional, and military climates in which they unfolded, this text provides fascinating insights into family, gender relations, class structures, public vs. private realms, slavery, popular culture, religion, art, architecture, leisure styles, philosophy, science, and education, and explores their complex relationships to ideology and political events.

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D. Brendan Nagle, "University of Southern California"Stanley M. Burstein, "California State University, Los Angeles"

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The Ancient World A Social and Cultural History Seventh Edition D. Brendan Nagle Generally recognized as the standard text for courses in the history of the ancient world, "The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History, Seventh Edition "incorporates the latest scholarship and provides powerful learning aids for students: - Striking new illustrations now enhance coverage of Persia, the early Greek classical period, and the late Roman Empire. - Key Topics open each chapter, allowing students to easily discern important themes and developments. - Review Questions close each chapter, helping students to critically assess the material they just read. - A Glossary of key terms appears at the end of the text.

Table of contents

Preface Maps PART ONE: THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST Chapter 1: The Early Civilization of Mesopotamia and Egypt Why Mesopotamia? The Agricultural Revolution The State and Urban Revolution Early Mesopotamian History: The Sumerian Period (3100--2000 B.C.) The Egyptian Alternative: The Old and Middle Kingdoms Chapter 2: An Age of Empires: The Middle East, 2000--1000 B.C. A Time of Turmoil: New Peoples East and West Mesopotamia in the Age of Hammurapi The Hittite Empire The Egyptian Empire Egypt in Decline Chapter 3: The Middle East to the Persian Empire The New Peoples of the Middle East The Glory of Assyria and Babylon The Persians Religion and Culture in Israel PART TWO: THE GREEK WORLD Chapter 4: The Emergence of Greek Civilization Geography and History The Origins of Greek Culture The Minoan and Mycenaean Ages The Mycenaean Age The Dark Ages Out of the Darkness: The Archaic Age The Example of Two Cities: Sparta and Athens Polis Society Culture and Society in the Archaic Age Chapter 5: The Wars of the Greeks Persians and Greeks The Military Situation after the Persian Wars The Great War between Athens and Sparta The Hegemony of Sparta and Thebes Chapter 6: Classical Athens The Early Classical Period (ca. 490--450 B.C.) The Classical Age, Part I (450--430 B.C.) The Later Classical Period (430--338 B.C.) Athenian Society Chapter 7: Philip, Alexander, and the Hellenistic World Backward Macedonia Challenges Greece The Genius of Philip The Orator and the King: Demosthenes and Philip Alexander the Great Campaigns in Central Asia (330--323 B.C.) Alexander's Successors The State and Society in the Hellenistic World Hellenistic Society Culture and Religion in the Hellenistic World Greek High Culture Adapts to a New Environment Becoming Greek: Education in the New World The Hellenistic Age: Achievements and Limitations PART THREE: THE ROMAN WORLD Chapter 8: Early Rome The Western Mediterranean and Early Italy The Latins and Early Rome The Republic The Social and Political Achievement of Early Rome: Consensus Chapter 9: The Building of an Empire The Growth of Rome in Italy The Punic Wars Roman Territorial Expansion after the Hannibalic War Society and the State in the Roman Republic An Estimate of Roman Society Chapter 10: The Transformation of the Roman Republic The Old Order Fades The Gracchan Revolution: Social and Political Context From the Gracchi to Augustus: The Roman Revolution The Fall of the Roman Republic Chapter 11: The Roman World from Augustus to the Third-Century Crisis The Reforms of Augustus Rounding Out the Empire The Severan Emperors Chapter 12: The Roman Peace Challenge and Response Society and the State in the Empire The Government, the Army, and Society Chapter 13: The Empire from the Third-Century Crisis to Justinian The Third-Century Crisis Political Anarchy Diocletian and Constantine The Emperor and the Administration The Army, the Empire, and the Barbarians The Collapse of the Western Empire The Rise of the Byzantine Empire Chapter 14: The Transformed Mediterranean History Moves Northward and Eastward The Transformation of the Classical Tradition The Empire and the Church Come to Terms The Christian Way of Life Civilizing the Barbarians Diverging Beliefs Islam and the Transformation of the Mediterranean Religious Legacies Epilogue Suggested Readings Glossary Index