An Introduction to the Ancient World

An Introduction to the Ancient World

This lavishly illustrated introductory history covers 3,000 years of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome within the framework of a short narrative history of events. Focusing mainly on the social, political and cultural processes which have influenced later western civilizations,An Introduction to the Ancient Worldconsiders subjects such as the religions of the ancient Near East, Athenian democracy, the interaction of cultures in the Hellenistic world, the political and administrative system of the Roman republic and empire, gender problems and ancient demography. This book shows how the Near East, Greece and Rome witnessed the emergence of city and state government, the development of decision processes, expansion and the effects of social structures, interaction of different cultures, and the emergence of Judaism and Christianity. Anyone interested in ancient history, classics and archaeology, will need this accessible and comprehensive book.

An Introduction to the Ancient World

An Introduction to the Ancient World

An Introduction to the Ancient World offers a thorough survey of the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome. Covering the social, political, economic and cultural processes that have influenced later western and Near Eastern civilisations, this volume considers subjects such as the administrative structures, economies and religions of the ancient Near East, Athenian democracy, the development of classical Greek literature, the interaction of cultures in the Hellenistic world, the political and administrative system of the Roman Republic and empire, and the coming of Christianity, all within the broad outline of political history. This third edition is thoroughly updated and some chapters are completely rewritten to cover recent historical research. Changes include: more attention to economic structures and developments, and to the history of the later Roman Empire (third to sixth centuries AD); incorporation of the results of recent archaeological and historical research, and recently published studies of ancient literature; ‘boxes’ that support the main text, on topics including economic and political systems, religion and terminology; redrawn maps and new, higher-quality images; the inclusion of useful websites in the bibliography. An Introduction to the Ancient World provides an easily readable, user-friendly, integrated overview for students of ancient history, classics and archaeology. Lavishly illustrated, clearly and concisely written, and well organised, this fully updated and revised edition will remain a key resource for students beginning to investigate the civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean.

Philosophy in the Ancient World

An Introduction

Philosophy in the Ancient World

Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction--an intellectual history of the ancient world from the eighth century B.C.E. to the fifth century C.E., from Homer to Boethius--describes and evaluates ancient thought in its cultural setting, showing how it affected and was affected by that setting. The greatest philosophers (Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine) and cultural figures (Homer, Euripides, Thucydides, Archimedes) and a number of lesser ones (Hesiod, Posidonius, Basil) receive careful description and evaluation. Philosophy in the Ancient World is ideally suited as a supplement for undergraduate courses in Ancient Philosophy and the History of Philosophy in the West.

The Greeks

An Introduction to Their Culture

The Greeks

The Greeksis a concise, yet wide-ranging, introduction to the culture of ancient Greece. This concise survey covers all the key elements of ancient Greek civilization from the age of Homer to the end of the classical period, providing detailed discussions of the main trends in literature and drama, philosophy, art and architecture. This volume places ancient Greek culture firmly in its political and historical context, and includes a chronological chart, maps and suggestions for further reading. The Greeksis an indispensible introduction for all students of classics. It also provides an invaluable guide for students of other disciplines who need a grounding in Greek civilization.

An Introduction to the Ancient World

An Introduction to the Ancient World

This introductory textbook is unique in covering the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome within the framework of a short narrative history of events.

Ancient Times, a History of the Early World

An Introduction to the Study of Ancient History and the Career of Early Man

Ancient Times, a History of the Early World


The Romans

An Introduction

The Romans

A concise but wide-ranging introduction to the civilization of ancient Rome. Covers 1200 years of history; religion and social life; literature, art, architecture and technology; extracts from key contemporary authors, and includes maps.

The World of Rome

An Introduction to Roman Culture

The World of Rome

A fascinating introduction to the history and culture of Rome with many illustrations.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World

Profiles various cultures of the ancient world and discusses how those cultures helped lay the foundations for the modern world.

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

This student-friendly introduction to the archaeology of ancientEgypt guides readers from the Paleolithic to the Greco-Romanperiods, and has now been updated to include recent discoveries andnew illustrations. • Superbly illustrated with photographs, maps, and siteplans, with additional illustrations in this new edition • Organized into 11 chapters, covering: thehistory of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric andpharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography,resources, and environment; and seven chapters organizedchronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites andevidence • Includes sections on salient topics such as theconstructing the Great Pyramid at Giza and the process ofmummification