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    DescriptionThe great civilizations of the distant past never cease to impress us with their spectacular achievements. Ideas, writings, and works of art speak to us across tracts of time with an amazing freshness of imagination and workmanship. This book presents a vivid, multi-faceted portrait of these achievements, set within their historical context and embracing a global coverage, which includes ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, China and Pre-Columbian America. The Ancient World is the most accessible guide yet produced to the spiritual, cultural, technological, and artistic innovation that was a hallmark of these complex and fascinating societies. Organized chronologically, the text places special emphasis on the evidence still remaining. Detailed coverage is given to symbols, sacred texts, religious ceremonies, gods and goddesses, visions of the cosmos, and sacred sites - from the temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings to the sweeping majesty of the Great Wall of China. Sample entries include: Sumer and Akkad - the first civilizations along the Indus Valley of Mesopotamia; Egypt - from the pre-dynastic 'Scorpion King' to the Old Kingdom Pyramid Age to the glories of the New Kingdom; Minoan/Mycenean civilization - the first city states; the legend of Atlantis; Roman Republic - rise of Rome; wars with Carthage; golden age of the Republic; Parthian Empire - the Hellenistic counterweight to Roman expansion in the East; Qin Dynasty - unification of China and beginning of Imperial China; Mahajanapadas - the 'Great Kingdoms' of India; Inca Empire, Machu Picchu, El Dorado.

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    The Ancient World
    A Guide to History's Great Civilizations from Mesopotamia to the Incas
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Haywood
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 216 mm
    Height: 278 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 1,139 g
    ISBN 13: 9781849164894
    ISBN 10: 1849164894

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 930
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA
    Libri: ANTI9500, GRIE1501
    Thema V1.0: NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBA
    Illustrations note
    150 images
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Imprint name
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Publication date
    01 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Dr John Haywood is a Cambridge-educated expert on the history of Dark Age Europe. His authorial credits include The Cassell Atlas of World History, The Penguin Atlas of the Vikings and The Great Migrations (Quercus, 2008).
    Table of contents
    Map of Empires. Introduction. Sumer, 3500-2004 BC. Ancient Egypt, 3100-1070 BC. Ancient India, 2600-185 BC. Minoans and Mycenaeans, 2000-1200 BC. Ancient China, 1766-208 BC. Persian Empire, 700-329 BC. Classical Greece, 800-338 BC. Roman Republic, 509-27 BC. The Maya, 600 BC-AD 1697. The Inca, AD 1000-1533. Index. Acknowledgements.