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The Fall of Empires: From Glory to Ruin, an Epic Account of History's Ancient Civilizations

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Reaching out across the span of centuries, ancient empires continue to capture our imagination. From the Parthenon of Athens to the pyramids of Egypt, the epic monuments of the ancient world not only remind us of their builders’ greatness—they also make us wonder at the forces required to topple such vigor and genius, and suggest a reality much more dangerous and convulsive than our own. The Fall of Empires brings to life sixteen of the greatest empires of the ancient world, recounting their rise to power, their ...

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Overview

Reaching out across the span of centuries, ancient empires continue to capture our imagination. From the Parthenon of Athens to the pyramids of Egypt, the epic monuments of the ancient world not only remind us of their builders’ greatness—they also make us wonder at the forces required to topple such vigor and genius, and suggest a reality much more dangerous and convulsive than our own. The Fall of Empires brings to life sixteen of the greatest empires of the ancient world, recounting their rise to power, their triumphs and achievements, and their rulership. Capturing the perils and pitfalls of power, from scheming priests and jealous aristocrats to military disasters on which the fate of millions could hang, this book makes for a varied and colorful look at some of the mighty states of antiquity that have one thing in common: the fact that they all failed to stave off their own demise.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435110922
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/5/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Cormac O’Brien is the author of Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents (with over 100,000 copies sold), Secret Lives of the First Ladies, Secret Lives of the Civil War, The Daily Disaster, and, most recently, The Forgotten History of America. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    The Fall of Empires

    Good overall view of a few empires of the past. Wish there were some maps to go with each chapter to help place in context.

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