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Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

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By (author) Charles Freeman

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 732 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 41mm | 1,157g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199263647
  • ISBN 13: 9780199263646
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones, colour plates and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 342,720

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Egypt, Greece and Rome is regarded as one of the best general histories of the ancient world. It is written for the general reader and the student coming to the subject for the first time and provides a reliable and highly accessible point of entry to the period. The volume begins with the early civilizations of Sumer (modern Iraq) and continues through to the Islamic invasions and the birth of modern Europe after the collapse of the western Roman empire. The book ranges beyond political history to cover philosophy, art and literature. A wide range of maps, illustrations and photographs complements the text. The second edition incorporates new chapters on the ancient Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East, as well as extended coverage of Egypt.

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Charles Freeman has taught ancient history in Cambridge's Adult Education program and leads study tours of Italy for the Historical Association. He is the author of The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason.

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This is the second edition of what was an excellent book in its first edition, and is now stronger and even more useful ... If you did not add the first edition to your school or college library, I recommend that you do so. If you did, the second edition should still beckon you to include it. The Journal of Classics Teaching When Deborah James reviewed the first edition of this book for JACT in 1997 she said "it beats with the pulse of modern scholarship on the ancient Mediterranean" and drew attention among other merits to the way in which the presentation of the great civilizations in this book enabled the reader to view events in context. This remains one of the great strengths of the book, and with this strength there goes the author's ability to write with skill, precision and vividness for a wide audience. The Journal of Classics Teaching

Table of contents

1. Rediscovering the Ancient World; 2. The Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, 5000 - 1200 BC; 3. Egypt, the Gift of the Nile 3200 - 1500 BC; 4. Egypt as an Imperial Power, 1500 - 1000 BC; Interlude One. The Amarna Letters; 5. Daily Life in New Kingdom Egypt; 6. The Ancient Near East 1200 - 500 BC; 7. Settings for Civilization: The Mediterranean; 8. The Early Greeks, 2000 - 700 BC; 9. The Greeks in a Wider World, 800 - 600 BC; 10. Hoplites and Tyrants: The Emergence of the City State; 11. Cultural Change in the Archaic Age; 12. The Persian Wars; 13. Everyday Life in Classical Greece; 14. Religion and Culture in the Greek World; C INTERLUDE TWO. CLASSICAL ART; 15. Athens: Democracy and Empire; 16. From Aeschylus to Aristotle; Interlude Three. Rhetoric; 17. The Struggle for Power, 431 - 338 BC; 18. Alexander of Macedon and the Expansion of the Greek World; 19. The Hellenistic World; Interlude Four. Celts and Parthians; 20. The Etruscans and Early Rome; 21. Rome becomes a Mediterranean Power; 22. From the Gracchi to Caesar, 133 - 55 BC; Interlude Five. Voices from the Republic; 23. The Fall of the Roman Republic, 55 - 31 BC; Interlude Five. Women in the Roman Republic; 24. Augustus and the Founding of Empire; 25. Consolidating the Empire, AD 14 - 138; 26. Administering and Defending the Empire; Interlude Six. The Romans as Builders; 27. Social and Economic Life in the Empire; 28. Transformations: The Roman Empire, 138 - 313; 29. The Foundations of Christianity; 30. The Empire in the Fourth Century; 31. The Creation of a New Europe, 395 - 600; 32. The Emergence of the Byzantine Empire; Epilogue: Legacies; Date Chart and List of Events