Atlas of the Ancient World: Charting the Great Civilizations of the Pastby Margaret Oliphant
The Atlas of the Ancient World brings alive the great civilizations of long ago, shedding light on the cultures that created such wonders as the majestic pyramids at Giza, the enigmatic Stonehenge, and the overpowering splendor of the Acropolis. Historian of antiquity Margaret Oliphant revisits the nine great cultures -- Mesopotamia and the Near East, Egypt, Persia, prehistoric Europe, Greece and the Aegean, the Roman World, India, China, and the Americas, providing a clear, concise history of each people and their achievement. Highly informative and accessible accounts describe the rise and fall of empires, the rulers who governed them, and the adventurers and archaeologists who later rediscovered their treasures. Features on religion, coinage, human sacrifice, pottery, writing, and warfare give us a broader picture of the peoples of the past. There is a wide range of maps and site plans. A wealth of photographs of such phenomena as the temple-pyramids of the Maya, the Great Wall of China, and Rome's Colosseum add a visual richness, along with the magnificent artists' reconstructions of fabulous buildings such as the glittering palace of Knossos on Crete and the Temple-Pyramid of Copan in Honduras. This invaluable family reference also includes a series of time charts summarizing chief events and cultural achievements, providing concise, at-a-glance information about these brilliant civilizations.
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