A History of the Ancient World / Edition 4

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Overview


Reflecting five decades of teaching and research, and drawing on the most recent scholarship, the fourth edition of this widely-read history provides the same broad coverage, chronological framework, and absorbing literary style that distinguished previous editions. For the new edition, the chapters on early humankind, the section on the revolt of Bar Kochba, and the chapter describing the end of the Roman Empire in the west have been rewritten to incorporate the most recent scholarship, and bibliographies have been brought up to date throughout. A classic survey of history from the beginnings of humankind to the fall of the Roman Empire, Starr's A History of the Ancient World makes the latest scholarship available to the general reader in a lively and accessible way.

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**** The original English edition, History of the art of war within the framework of political history was published by Greenwood (in their Contributions in military history series) and is endorsed by BCL3. The two volumes begin with the Persian Wars and end with the rise of the feudal system. A major work. Very little graphic display--only 10 maps. Revised and updated edition (third edition, 1983) of a classic account of early history from the rise of the first cities to the fall of the Roman Empire. Though Greece and Rome occupy center stage, Starr (history emeritus, U. of Michigan) also surveys the cities and empires of Mesopotamia, India from the early Indus civilization to the Gupta state, and China from the Hsia dynasty to the Han empire. Illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195066296
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/1991
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 518,133
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author


Chester G. Starr is Bentley Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Michigan. In a teaching career that has spanned five decades, he has written over twenty books on ancient history, including the recent The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History.

University of Michigan

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    A hard read, but well worth it.

    A very comprehensive book that is a complete history to date. This is my second time reading it because it is packed with so much information. To bad he passed. I would have liked to have met the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Looks bad, reads well.

    When I first picked this book up for class, I almost cried. It was large and dismal, but after later inspection I realised that you can't really judge a book by it's cover. From the beginning of time to the end of the ancient world as defined by historians, the book is an in-depth look at the ancient world. A needed addition to every historian's library.

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