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What is a city, and what forms did urbanization take in different times and places? How do peoples and nations define themselves and perceive foreigners? Questions like these serve as the framework for The Ancient Mediterranean World: From the Stone Age to A.D. 600. This book provides a concise overview of the history of the Mediterranean world, from Paleolithic times through the rise of Islam in the seventh century A.D. It traces the origins of the civilizations around the Mediterranean--including ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome--and their interactions over time.
The Ancient Mediterranean World goes beyond political history to explore the lives of ordinary men and women and investigate topics such as the relationships between social classes, the dynamics of the family, the military and society, and aristocratic values. It introduces students not only to the ancient texts on which historians rely, but also to the art and architecture that reveal how people lived and how they understood ideas like love, death, and the body. Numerous illustrations, chronological charts, excerpts from ancient texts, and in-depth discussions of specific art objects and historical methods are included. Text boxes containing primary source materials examine such diverse subjects as warfare in early Mesopotamia, sculpting the body in classical Greece, the young women of Sappho's chorus, and early descriptions of the Huns. Combining excellent chronological coverage with a clear, concise narrative, The Ancient Mediterranean World is an ideal text for undergraduate courses in ancient history and ancient civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195155624
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/26/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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University of Georgia

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Table of Contents

Maps, Boxes, and Chronological Tables
Preface: The Value of History
1 The First Civilizations 1
What Is History? 1
The Origins of Civilization 2
The First Civilizations: The Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age 13
Israel and Judah 44
Summary 52
2 Greek Civilization: Hellas and Hellenism 54
The Dark Age 55
The Archaic Age: Hellas and the City 58
The Classical Age: The Empire and Culture of Athens 74
The Hellenistic World 101
Summary 117
3 The Romans and their Empire 118
Roman Origins 118
Government and Society in the Early Republic 123
The Late Republic: Society in Crisis 133
The Empire 145
Life in the Provinces 165
Crisis and Reform in the Third Century 177
Summary 182
4 Christianity and the Late Antique World 184
Paganism 184
The Rise of Christianity 187
Christianity in the Later Roman Empire 195
The Decline of the Western Empire 208
Muhammad and the Rise of Islam 216
Summary 217
Suggested Readings 219
Index 231
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