Roots of the Western Tradition: A Short History of the Ancient World / Edition 8

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Overview

This brief, chronological survey provides students with an introduction to the histories of the Near East, Greece, and Rome from roughly 3000 B.C. until A.D. 500. Succinct enough to be used with supplements, the coverage is carefully balanced between narrative and interpretation, highlighting historians' varying viewpoints on issues of the past. Throughout, special attention is paid to connections between the cultures of the Near East including Mesopotamia and Egypt and Graeco-Roman civilization. This 8th edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest scholarship on the ancient western world, as well as new timelines and pedagogical enhancements to assist students in their study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073406947
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 294,116
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Warren Hollister was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received his BA from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from UCLA. A Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the Royal Historical Society (London), the Medieval Academy of Ireland, the Australian National University, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and Merton College, Oxford, he was founder and past president of the Charles Homer Haskins Society and served as President of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, the Medieval Association of the Pacific, the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, the North American Conference on British Studies, and was 1984 Centennial Program Chair of the American Historical Association, Chair of the University of California Press Editorial Board, and Chair of the national Development Committee for the College Board Advanced Placement Test in European History.

Professor Hollister’s many books have run through more than thirty editions and have been translated into several languages. He has also written some fifty articles on medieval history. Professor Hollister has served on numerous editorial boards, including Albion, the American Historical Review, the Journal of British Studies, and the Journal of Mediaeval History. Among Professor Hollister’s other honors were the Centennial Lectureship of the University of Georgia, the 1987 Denis Bethell Memorial Lectureship of the Medieval Academy of Ireland (Dublin), the 1988 Wilkinson Memorial Lectureship of the University of Toronto, the 1990 Lansdowne Lectureship of the University of Victoria, the 1996 Wei Lun Visiting Professorship of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Triennial Book Prize of the Conference on British Studies, the E. Harris Harbison National Award for Distinguished Teaching (Princeton University), and the UC Santa Barbara Faculty Teaching Prize.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Biographical Sketches
Preface
Introduction 1
1 From Stone Age to Civilization 9
2 Mesopotamia 17
3 Egypt 29
4 The Diffusion of Near Eastern Civilization 44
5 Crete, Mycenae, and the Dark Age 65
6 The Rise of Classical Greece 76
7 The Zenith and Transformation of Classical Greece 93
8 The Hellenic Mind 104
9 The Culture of the Golden Age 119
10 The Hellenistic Age 134
11 The Rise of Rome 163
12 The Principate 182
13 The Spiritual Metamorphosis 200
14 The Dominate 210
15 The Waning of the Western Empire 228
Index 249
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