An Introduction to the Ancient World by Lukas De Blois, R. J. van der Spek

By Lukas De Blois, R. J. van der Spek

Integrating the result of scholarly paintings from the prior decade, the authors of An advent to the traditional global, Lukas de Blois and R.J. van der Spek, have fully-updated and revised all 16 chapters of this best-selling introductory textbook. protecting the heritage and tradition of the traditional close to East, Greece and Rome in the framework of a brief narrative background of occasions, this booklet deals an simply readable, built-in assessment for college kids of heritage, classics, archaeology and philosophy, even if at school, at undergraduate point or one of the wider studying public.

This revised moment variation bargains a brand new part on early Christianity and extra particular details at the religions, economies, and societies of the traditional close to East. there's prolonged insurance of Greek, Macedonian and close to jap background of the fourth to moment centuries BC and the heritage of the overdue Roman Republic. the implications of Julius Caesar’s violent dying are coated in additional element, as are the heritage and society of Imperial Rome.

This re-creation is:

- finished: covers 3,000 years of historic historical past and offers the foundation for a standard one-semester course

- lavishly illustrated: comprises maps, line drawings and plates to aid and complement the textual content, with up to date captions

- essentially and concisely written: validated and revered college academics with thirty years' event within the topic areas

- well-organized: strains the huge define of political heritage but in addition concentrates on specific topics

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The pyramids in the background are in the desert. The transition from fertile land to desert sand is still as abrupt as it was in antiquity. 16 THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST The Old Kingdom lasted for five centuries. By the end of that period the provincial governors had become so powerful that the pharaoh was no longer able to sustain his central authority. The provincial governors had been granted land as a form of “salary” and this land had been passed on from father to son, along with the office. As a result, the pharaoh had gradually lost his hold on his officials.

142–4). The most important Phoenician contribution to civilization is undoubtedly the invention of the alphabet. The Phoenician alphabet differed from the other writing systems hitherto used in that, instead of a sign for each syllable, it comprised only signs for consonants. With its total of only twenty-two signs, as opposed to the more than 600 signs of the cuneiform script, it was accessible to a much wider public. In Mesopotamia and Egypt the art of writing had been known only to a small group of specially trained scribes.

42 THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST Frontiers during the reign of Darius I c. 3 The Persian empire, 593–331 BC Cyrus built up an empire of vast proportions. The first of his conquests was Asia Minor, which he took after defeating Lydia (whose capital was Sardis) in the western part of Asia Minor in 547 or a few years later. The Greeks in particular were well acquainted with Lydia, as that kingdom had annexed their cities along the western coast of Asia Minor in the sixth century. Lydia’s king, Croesus, was and—still is—legendary for his proverbial wealth.

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