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    DescriptionFor many centuries it was accepted that civilization began with the Greeks and Romans. During the last two hundred years, however, archaeological discoveries in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, Syria, Anatolia, Iran, and the Indus Valley have revealed that rich cultures existed in these regions some two thousand years before the Greco-Roman era. In this fascinating work, H.W.F Saggs presents a wide-ranging survey of the more notable achievements of these societies, showing how much the ancient peoples of the Near and Middle East have influenced the patterns of our daily lives. Saggs discussesthe the invention of writing, tracing it from the earliest pictograms (designed for account-keeping) to the Phoenician alphabet, the source of the Greek and all European alphabets. He investigates teh curricula, teaching methods, and values of the schools from which scribes graduated. Analyzing the provisions of some of the law codes, he illustrates the operation of international law and the international trade that it made possible. Saggs highlights the creative ways that these ancient peoples used their natural resources, describing the vast works in stone created by the Egyptians, the development of technology in bronze and iron, and the introduction of useful plants into regions outside their natural habitat. In chapters on mathematics, astronomy, and medicine, he offers interesting explanations about how modern calculations of time derive from the ancient world, how the Egyptians practiced scientific surgery, and how the Babylonians used algebra. The book concludes with a discussion of ancient religion, showing its evolution from the most primitive forms toward monotheism.


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    Title
    Civilization Before Greece and Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) H.W.F. Saggs
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 354
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 553 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300050318
    ISBN 10: 0300050313
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJF
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    DC22: 939/.4, 939.4
    DC21: 939.4
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS000000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS57.S28 1, DS57 .S28 1989
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHF, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    11 May 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Back cover copy
    In this fascinating work, H.W.F. Saggs presents a wide-ranging survey of the greatest achievements of the ancient civilizations of the Near and Middle East--from the Phoenician alphabet to mathematics, astronomy, medicine, religion, and international law--and shows how their influence is still felt today.