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

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Art - 759 pages
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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1 Approaching the Ancient World
The Ancient Near East 50001200 BC
The Creation of an Egyptian State 35001500 BC
Egypt in the Middle and New Kingdoms 19851000 BC
The Amarna Letters
21 The Etruscans and Early Rome
22 Rome Becomes a Mediterranean Power
A Republic under Stress 13355 BC
Voices from the Republic
24 The Failure of Republican Politics 5531 BC
Women in the Roman Republic
25 Augustus and the Founding of Empire
26 Consolidating the Roman Empire AD 14161

5 Living in New Kingdom Egypt
6 The Ancient Near East 1200500 BC
The Mediterranean as the Cradle of the Classical World
8 Civilizations of the Bronze Age Aegean20001100 BC
9 The Birth of a New Greece 1100700 BC
The Greeks in a Wider World 800600 BC
Sappho and Lyric Poetry
The Emergence of the CityState
12 Craftsmanship and Creativity in Archaic Greece
13 The Persian Wars
14 The Greek Way of Life
The Spiritual World of the Greeks
After this all becomes possible Creating Classical Art 500460 BC
Athens in the Fifth Century
From Aeschylus to Aristotle
18 The Struggle for Power 431338 BC
19 Alexander the Great and the Transformation of the Greek World
The Hellenistic World 330323 BC
Celts and Parthians
The Sebasteion at Aphrodisias
27 Running and Defending an Empire
28 Social and Economic Life in the Empire
The Romans as Builders
29 The Flourishing of Greek Culture
30 An Empire in Crisis AD 161313
31 The Early Christian Communities AD 33313
32 Constantine and his Successors
33 The Christian Emperor
34 The Collapse of the Classical West AD 395600
35 The Emergence of the Byzantine Empire
36 Legacies

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About the author (2014)

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 of The Blue Guide Sites of Antiquity: Fifty Sites that Explain the Classical World (2009) which has been widely praised.

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