A History of the Ancient World

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - History - 742 pages
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In a long and distinguished career, Chester Starr has written on topics ranging from early man, to the early Athenian democracy, to the role of sea power in the classical world. And one of his finest works--the product of his broad interests and expertise--has been A History of the Ancient World, long a standard work on the distant past. Now this landmark book is available in a new edition, offering a informative account of early history from the rise of the first cities to the fall of the Roman Empire.
This richly illustrated new edition deftly explores the broad expanse of early human history. Though Greece and Rome occupy center stage, Starr 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. In this new edition, he has incorporated the latest research into his lucid and informative narrative, reworking virtually every chapter to bring the work completely up-to-date. He has revised his discussions of early humankind to account for the most recent findings; he presents a new view of the Jewish revolt against Rome led by Bar Kochba; and he has thoroughly updated the bibliographies. In addition, his account of the end of the Roman Empire has been rewritten in light of the most recent thinking by classical historians. Numerous maps and illustrations, carefully composed and selected, highlight the text. And throughout, Starr clearly expresses the complexities of ancient history in lively, engaging prose, making the finest scholarship accessible to the nonspecialist.
When A History of the Ancient World appeared in earlier editions, The Philadelphia Inquirer hailed it as "an excellent one-volume history" and "fascinating reading." And The Classical Journal wrote, "In scope, accuracy, and soundness of judgment this is one of the best general ancient histories." This completely updated Fourth Edition will continue to provide one of the most distinguished and comprehensive one-volume introductions to the ancient past available today.
  

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

I wanted an expansive survey and that is what I got. It dwells a lot on minutiae of governance and things like that, but to get the basics of a huge topic, it does a great job. Can be dry reading. Read full review

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User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

This is a good overview of the ancient world focusing on the Mediterranean with less information on ancient Persia and China. It's hard to condense a couple thousand years into a few hundred pages and ... Read full review

Contents

THE FIRST AcHIEVEMENTS OF MAN
3
THE FIRST cIVILIZATION OF MESOPOTAMIA
27
EARLY EGYPT
51
THE NEAR EAST IN THE SECOND MILLENNIUM
75
NEW CIVILIZATIONS WEST AND EAST
99
THE UNIFIcATION OF THE NEAR EAST
123
HISTORIc cIVILIZATIONS OF INDIA AND CHINA
164
THE 8EGINNINGS OF GREEK cIVILIZATION
185
ALEXANDER AND THE HELLENISTIc WORLD
394
HELLENISTIc cIVILIZATION
413
THE EARLY WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN
437
ROME IN ITALY
456
ROME IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
477
DECLINE OF THE ROMAN REPU8LIc
503
THE ACE OF cIcERO AND CAESAR
525
THE AUGUSTAN AGE
547

RISE AND SPREAD OF THE GREEK cITYSTATE
205
GREEK cIVILIZATION IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTION
228
THE SIXTH CENTURY
247
THE GREEKS AGAINST THE PERSIANS
275
ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY AND IMPERIALISM
298
FIFTHcENTURY cIVILIZATION
319
END OF THE GOLDEN AGE
339
DECLINE OF THE cITYSTATE
359
GREEK cIVILIZATION IN THE FOURTH CENTURY
378
THE ROMAN PEACE
575
THE SPREAD OF cHRISTIANITY
603
THE FARTHER ORIENT
626
THE FIRST SIGNS OF STRESS
647
THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE
669
THE END OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
694
Index
731
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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.

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