Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean


By (author) Charles Freeman

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 654 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 38mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 19 August 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198721943
  • ISBN 13: 9780198721949
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 40 pp plates (8 colour), 15 maps, charts

Product description

This is a unique and comprehensive introduction to the ancient Mediterranean and its three major civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It reveals a fascinating picture of the deep links between the cultures across the Mediterranean and explores the ways in which these civilizations continue to be influential to this day.

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Author information

About the Author: Charles Freeman is a freelance writer living in the United Kingdom. He has been described as "full of the romance of archeology and the people who created it, and full of curiosity about the human side of the ancient world."

Review quote

'This book is not only enjoyable but comprehensive in its description of the richness and complexity of the classical past.' Anglo-Hellenic Review 'It is impossible not to be impressed by the author's sheer staying-power ... this is a triumph of tenacity; a skilful exercise in the compression of the past ... No one can deny Freeman's enthusiasm and his concern that a survey volume ... "provide the springboard into further study of these fascinating societies."' TLS 'There is so much that is impressive about this book, and for so many different levels of experience and subject requirement ... a wide-ranging book, suitable for a wide range of students.' JACT Review

Table of contents

Rediscovering the Ancient World; A Gift of the Nile: The Civilization of Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt; Egypt as Imperial Power: The New K9ingdom; Daily Life in New Kingdom Egypt; The Ancient Near East, 3500-500 BC; The Early Greeks, 2000-700 BC; The Greeks in a Wider Worlds, 800-600 BC; Hoplites and Tyrants: The Emergence of the City State; Cultural Change in the Archaic Age; The Persian Wars; Interlude One. Herodotus and Egypt; Everyday Life in Classical Greece; Religion and Culture in the Greek World; Athens: Democracy and Empire; From Aeschylus to Aristotle; The Struggle for Power, 431-338 BC; Alexander of Macedon and the Expansion of the Greek World; The Hellenistic World; Interlude Two. Celts and Parthians; The Etruscans and Early Rome; Rome becomes a Mediterranean Power; From the Gracchi to Caesar, 133-55 BC; Interlude Three. Voices from the Republic; The Fall of the Roman Republic, 55-31 BC; Interlude Four. Women in the Roman Republic; Augustus and the Founding of Empire; Consolidating the Empire, AD 14-138; Administering and Defending the Empire; Interlude Five. The Romans as Builders; Social and Economic Life in the Empire; Transformations: The Roman Empire, 138-313; The Foundations of Christianity; The Empire in the Fourth Century; The Creation of a New Europe, 395-600; The Emergence of the Byzantine Empire; Epilogue: Legacies; Suggestions for Further Reading; Date Chart and List of Events; Acknowledgements of Sources; Index