An Introduction to the Ancient World

An Introduction to the Ancient World

By (author) L.De Blois , By (author) Robartus Van Der Spek , Translated by Susan Mellor

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This introductory textbook covers the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome within the framework of a short narrative history of events. It is designed to offer an easily readable, integrated overview for students of history, classics, archaeology and philosophy whether at college, at undergraduate level or among the wider reading public. Focusing mainly on the social, political and cultural processes which have influenced later western civilizations, the text considers subjects such as the religions of the ancient Near East, Athenian democracy, the interaction of cultures in the Hellenistic world, the political and administrative system of the Roman republic and empire, gender problems and ancient demography.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 170.18 x 243.84 x 20.32mm | 861.82g
  • 01 Nov 1997
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London
  • English
  • 33 maps, 42 line drawings, 96 b&w photos
  • 0415127742
  • 9780415127745
  • 1,178,234

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Lukas de Blois is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and specialises in Roman and Greek history and ancient historiography. Robartus van der Spek is Professor of Ancient History at the Free University of Amsterdam, and specialises in the history of the ancient Near East.

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"This new textbook provides a more analytical overview of ancient political and social systems than is commonly the case. It takes account of the latest scholarship, and the many illustrations, maps, and charts will make this book particularly welcome to the introductory students as will its willingness to discuss ancient culture and issues in private life."-Ronald Mellor, University of California, Los Angeles ." . . "[An Introduction to the Ancient World] takes the reader from Egypt and Mesopotamia right through Greece and Rome to the Empire's end. Its outstanding feature is the wealth of illustrations. Brief, but always to the point."-"Greece and Rome "Richly illustrated ..., this text is admirably comprehensive in its scope and breadth ... Of particular interest for those who wish to gain a broad familiarity with the ancient world quickly and to students in survey courses."-"Religious Studies Review "Well organize, easily readable and clearly written, it offers some line drawings and a few black-and-white photographs. Best recommended for students in history, classics and archaeology.."-"The Bibliography of Ancient Egypt

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