Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

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OUP Oxford, 2014 - Art - 759 pages
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Egypt, Greece, and Rome is regarded as one of the best general histories of the ancient world. It is written for the general reader and the student coming to the subject for the first time and provides a reliable and highly accessible point of entry to the period. Beignning with the early Middle Eastern civilizations of Sumer, and continuing right through to the Islmic invasions and the birth of modern Europe after the collapse of the Roman empire, the book ranges beyond political history to cover art and architecture, philosophy, literature, society, and economy. A wide range of maps, illustrations, and photographs complements the text. This third edition has been extensively revised to appeal to the general reader with several chapters completely rewritten and a great deal of new material added, including a new selection of images. It has sold more than 80,000 copies in its first two editions.
 

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User Review  - justindtapp - LibraryThing

I started this book when I was in college and made a determined effort to finish it as part of a New Year's resolution. It is a long book with small print covering 4,000 B.C. to 640ish A.D. and has to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jthierer - LibraryThing

Good overview of the three major civilizations of the ancient world. Freeman does a good job of spanning a wide swath of history in a way that captures enough detail to give the reader a solid grasp of the history but no so much that he gets bogged down. Read full review

Contents

Approaching the Ancient World
1
The Birth of Civilization The Ancient Near East 50001200 BC
16
Pyramids and Power The Creation of an Egyptian State 35001500 BC
37
Stability and Expansion Egypt in the Middle and New Kingdoms 19851000 BC
56
Living in New Kingdom Egypt
81
The Ancient Near East 1200500 bc
93
The Sea between the Lands The Mediterranean as the Cradle of the Classical World
108
Civilizations of the Bronze Age Aegean 20001100 BC
116
Rome Becomes a Mediterranean Power
381
Rome A Republic under Stress13355 BC
400
The Failure of Republican Politics 5531 BC
428
Augustus and the Founding of Empire
449
26 Consolidating the Roman Empire ad 14161
465
Running and Defending an Empire
496
Social and Economic Life in the Empire
514
The Flourishing of Greek Culture
542

The Birth of a New Greece 1100700 BC
128
Travelling Heroes The Greeks in a Wider World 800600 BC
144
Hoplites and Tyrants
163
Craftsmanship and Creativity in Archaic Greece
184
The Persian Wars
202
The Greek Way of Life
219
Experiencing the Supernatural
237
Democracy and Empire
249
Rethinking the World From Aeschylus to Aristotle
270
The Struggle for Power 431338 BC
296
Alexander the Great and the Transformation of the Greek World
313
Tensions and Creativity
332
The Etruscans and Early Rome
360
An Empire in Crisis ad 161313
553
The Early Christian Communities ad 33313
579
Constantine and his Successors
601
The Christian Emperor
612
The Collapse of the Classical West ad395600
629
The Emergence of the Byzantine Empire
650
Legacies
670
WHAT TO READ NEXT
682
DATE CHART
688
LIST OF EVENTS
689
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF SOURCES
715
INDEX
721
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Charles Freeman is a freelance academic historian with wide interests in the history of European culture and thought.

In recent years, he has developed a study tour programme of Italy, including Sicily. He has now led twelve tours, the latest to Friuli, with Turin on the schedule for 2013. In 2005 Charles was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Blue Guides as Historical Consultant and he has written the historical introductions to several volumes of the new editions including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Mainland Greece. He is also the author ofThe Blue Guide Sites of Antiquity: Fifty Sites that Explain the Classical World (2009) which has been widely praised.

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