An Introduction to the Ancient World

An Introduction to the Ancient World

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 170.18 x 243.84 x 20.32mm | 861.82g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 33 maps, 42 line drawings, 96 b&w photos
  • 0415127742
  • 9780415127745
  • 1,389,652

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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 Egyptshow more

About L.De Blois

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 more

Table of contents

Introduction. The Ancient Near East 1. The origins of the civilisations of Egypt and Mesopotamia 2. The third millennium BC: Memphis, Sumer and Akkad, Egypt, the Old Kingdom (2600-2150), Mesopotamia: Sumer and Akkad, Epilogue 3. The second millennium: Thebes, Assur and Babylon (c. 2000-1600), Egypt, the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1800), Mesopotamia, The Old Assyrian empire (c.2000-1760), The Old Babylonian empire (c.1800-1600), The 'concert of powers' (c.1600-1200), Egypt, the New Kingdom (c.1550-1100), Babylonia and Assyria, Mitanni, The Hittite empire, Crete and Mycenae, International relations 4. The first millennium: Disruption and recovery (1200-750), Egypt, the Third Intermediate period (c. 100-715), Syria and the Phoenicians, Israel, The empires of the Levant (750 BC-AD 700), The Neo-Assyrian empire, The Neo-Babylonian empire, The Persian empire, The Hellenistic kingdoms, The Parthian empire, The Sasanian empire, The Roman empire, The Arabs 5. Religion, Polytheism, Henotheism and monotheism 6. Economy and Society, Agricultural economy, land tenure, 'Redistribution economy', Means of payment, Trade, Social organization 7. Government, Kingship, The administrative machinery, The army, GREECE 8. The Dark Ages, 1200-800 BC 9. The Archaic period, 800-500 BC, Introduction, Demographic and economic changes, The polis, Colonization, Social changes, Military changes, Cultural changes, The alphabet, Literature, The visual arts, Architecture, Religion, Philosophy, Political changes, Tyranny, Sparta, Athens 10. The Classical period, The Persian Wars, Sparta and Athens after 479 BC, The Delian League (477-404), Athenian leaders in the fifth century, Athens' state power income, The Great Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), The years between 404 and 336 BC, The Second Athenian League (377-355), Social and military changes, The rise of Macedonia, Philip II (359-336): the end of the Classical period in Greek history, The Athenian population in the fifth and fourth centuries BC, The metics, The slaves, Women in Athens and Sparta, Further development of the Athenian democracy, The Council of the Areopagus in 462/1, Pericles, The democracy and the fleet, Old and new politicans, The stability of the Athenian democracy, Criticism of the Athenian democracy, Athens as the centre of Greek culture in the Classical period, Attic drama, Philosophy: the sophists, Rhetorical education, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, Historical writing, Herodotus (c.485-425), Thucydides (c.460-400), Rhetorical historical writing, The Greeks in the Western Mediterranean 11. The Hellenistic era: Introduction, Alexander the Great, From Alexander to the Roman conquest, Greece, Athens and Sparta, Leagues of states in Greece, The Seleucid kingdom, The Ptolemaic kingdom, The government and the cities of the Hellenistic kingdoms, Economy and society, Greece, The Near East, Cultural aspects: general, Religion, Near Eastern religions, Philosophy and science, The impact of Hellenistic culture inshow more