Ancient History: From the First Civilizations to the Renaissance

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From one of the great historians of our time, J.M. Roberts, comes Ancient History, a gorgeous guide to our common past. Hundreds of colorful maps and illustrations guide the reader from prehistoric times up through Enlightenment. From early hominids to Charlemagne, Egyptian kingship to European Dynasticism, Ancient History is an illuminating work on humankind's past.

Arranged in chronological order, beginning with prehistoric times over 2,000,000 years ago, this book catalogues...

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Overview


From one of the great historians of our time, J.M. Roberts, comes Ancient History, a gorgeous guide to our common past. Hundreds of colorful maps and illustrations guide the reader from prehistoric times up through Enlightenment. From early hominids to Charlemagne, Egyptian kingship to European Dynasticism, Ancient History is an illuminating work on humankind's past.

Arranged in chronological order, beginning with prehistoric times over 2,000,000 years ago, this book catalogues major time periods, discoveries, and events (e.g. Homo erectus, The Fertile Crescent, metallurgy, Sumer, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Aegean civilization, the Mediterranean world, Greek life, the Roman world, Islam, Byzantium, the Far East, Medieval Christendom, the Renaissance, European colonialism, church reformation, and much more.

Following on the heels of the international success of Robert's History of the World, Ancient History will serve as an indispensable reference that will inform, enlighten, and entertain readers for years to come.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195221480
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 912
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

J. M. Roberts was former Warden of Merton College, Oxford and author of many books including The History of the World and the recently published New History of the World.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Before History 10
The Foundations 12
Homo sapiens 36
The Possibility of Civilization 52
Part 2 The First Civilizations 66
Early Civilized Life 68
Ancient Mesopotamia 78
Ancient Egypt 102
Intruders and Invaders: the Dark Ages of the Ancient Near East 134
Part 3 The Beginnings of Civilization in Eastern Asia 182
Ancient India 184
Ancient China 206
The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past 232
The End of the Old World 248
Part 4 The Classical Mediterranean: Greece 258
The Roots of One World 260
The Greeks 266
Greek Civilization 294
The Hellenistic World 332
Part 5 Rome and the Classical West 356
Rome 358
The Roman Achievement 388
Jewry and the Coming of Christianity 422
The Waning of the Classical West 450
The Elements of a Future 500
Part 6 The Age of Diverging Traditions 530
Islam and the Re-making of the Near East 532
The Arab Empires 552
Byzantium and its Sphere 572
The Disputed Legacies of the Near East 620
The Making of Europe 654
Part 7 The Far East and a New Europe 704
India 706
Imperial China 736
Japan 766
Worlds Apart 782
Europe: the First Revolution 798
New Limits, New Horizons 848
Index 878
Chapters and contents 898
Acknowledgments 908
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