The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean

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Written by eminent classical scholar Michael Grant. The Ancient Mediterranean is a wonderfully revealing, unusually comprehensive history of all the peoples who lived around the Mediterranean from about 15,000 B.C. to the time of Constantine (306-337 A.D.). Many volumes, including Professor Grant's own previous works, trace the histories of the great civilizations of Greece and Rome. But this unique work looks at the influences and cultures of the entire region, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Carthage, Ionia and the Eastern colonies. Syria, and the Etruscans, as well as the Greek and Roman states.Drawing on archaeology, geography, anthropology, and economics. Professor Grant shows how the great Oriental civilizations Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia originated attitudes and institutions ultimately passed on to the West.He describes the effect on the people and their achievements of the long, irregular coastline, the mountainous terrain surrounding small fertile plains, the typical plant life of olive and grape, and the rapidly changing weather. Further, he investigates how the demographic factors around this deep and stormy sea caused or influenced the great periods of ancient history, such as that of fifth-century Athens and of Rome in the first century A.D. Appealing and fascinating reading, this impeccably researched history brings a fresh perspective to understanding our ancient heritage. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Plume Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0452010373
  • 9780452010376
  • 541,104

Table of contents

Preface Part One: The Mediterranean in Early Times 1. The Mediterranean and its Beginnings The Mediterranean and its lands; the earliest Mediterranean people; westwards to Israel and the Jordan Valley; south-eastern Asia Minor and the lower Orontes; earliest Cyprus, Crete, and Greece; first links with the Euphrates and Tigris 2. Egypt The delta of the Nile; the first Mediterranean nation; the Old Kingdom; the first Mediterranean empire 3. The Easternmost Mediterranean Lebanon, Syria, and Israel; between Egypt and Mesopotamia; between Egypt and Asia Minor 4. The Straits and the Aegean Troy; Crete; the Mycenaeans 5. The Expansion of Israel, Phoenicia and Carthage Philistines and Hebrews; Syria and Phoenicia; Carthage and the west Part Two: The Greeks 6. The Homerica Age The revival of Greece; the early Ionians; the sea 7. Greek Civilisation Enriched and Diffused Hesiod and eastern ports; from Phrygia to Corinth; Greek art and the east; colonies in the west; Ionia and eastern colonies 8. Athens and Alexandria Greek crops adn natural beauties; the zenith of Athens; the Athenian way of life; Philip, Alexander and Alexandria; Syria and the Aegean after Alexander Part Three: The Romans 9. The Etruscans and the Beginnings of Rome The Etruscans; the expansion of Etruscan power 10. The Republic Unites the Mediterranean The unification of Italy; the cultivation of Italy; victory over Carthage; the conquest of the Mediterranean completed; the arts of the Republic 11. The Imperial Sea Imperial culture and landscape; round the Roman Mediterranean; Mare nostrum; from Rome to Constantinople Appendix: Mediterranean Places and People References Notes Further reading Maps Indexshow more