An Introduction to the Ancient World

Author: Lukas de Blois,R. J. van der Spek

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415127738

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 6541

This introductory textbook covers the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome within the framework of a short narrative history of events. It is designed to offer an easily readable, integrated overview for students of history, classics, archaeology and philosophy whether at college, at undergraduate level or among the wider reading public. Focusing mainly on the social, political and cultural processes which have influenced later western civilizations, the text considers 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.

Philosophy in the Ancient World

An Introduction

Author: James A. Arieti

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742533288

Category: Philosophy

Page: 386

View: 1264

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 World of Rome

An Introduction to Roman Culture

Author: Peter V. Jones,Keith C. Sidwell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521386005

Category: History

Page: 405

View: 4625

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

Ancient Times, a History of the Early World

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

Author: James Henry Breasted

Publisher: Ginn and company


Category: History of Medicine, Ancient

Page: 742

View: 1967


The Greeks

An Introduction to Their Culture

Author: Robin Sowerby

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415120425

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 8157

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.

The Romans

An Introduction

Author: Abigail Graham,Antony Kamm

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317578449

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 8310

The Romans: An Introduction, 3rd edition engages students in the study of ancient Rome by exploring specific historical events and examining the evidence. This focus enables students not only to learn history and culture but also to understand how we recreate this picture of Roman life. The thematic threads of individuals and events (political, social, legal, military conflicts) are considered and reconsidered in each chapter, providing continuity and illustrating how political, social, and legal norms change over time. This new edition contains extensive updated and revised material designed to evoke the themes and debates which resonate in both the ancient and modern worlds: class struggles, imperialism, constitutional power (checks & balances), the role of the family, slavery, urbanisation, and religious tolerance. Robust case studies with modern parallels push students to interpret and analyze historical events and serve as jumping off points for multifaceted discussion. New features include: Increased emphasis on developing skills in interpretation and analysis which can be used across all disciplines. Expanded historical coverage of Republican history and the Legacy of Rome. An expanded introduction to the ancient source materials, as well as a more focused and analytical approach to the evidence, which are designed to engage the reader further in his/her interaction and interpretation of the material. A dedicated focus on specific events in history that are revisited throughout the book that fosters a richer, more in-depth understanding of key events. New maps and a greater variety of illustrations have been added, as well as updated reading lists. A further appendix on Roman nomenclature and brief descriptions of Roman authors has also been provided. The book’s successful website has been updated with additional resources and images, including on-site videos from ancient sites and case studies which provide closer "tutorial" style treatment of specific topics and types of evidence. Those with an interest in classical language and literature, ancient history, Roman art, political and economic systems, or the concept of civilization as a whole, will gain a greater understanding of both the Romans and the model of a civilization that has shaped so many cultures.

In Search of the Classical World

An Introduction to the Ancient Aegean

Author: Dudley J. Moore

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443881457

Category: Civilization, Aegean

Page: 205

View: 1633


Writing Ancient History

An Introduction to Classical Historiography

Author: Luke Pitcher

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857718037

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 5178

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon', said Napoleon. Yet the actual writing of history, especially ancient history, is a practice that often prompts more discord than assent. In his new textbook, Luke Pitcher aims to overcome the hostility which exists between two rival camps in their study of classical historiography. The first camp looks at the classical historians with an eye to what data they can provide about the ancient world. The second camp examines the ancient writers as literary texts in their own right, employing the tools of literary criticism and engaging with such matters as narrative artistry. Attempting to fuse these two - mutually suspicious - approaches, Luke Pitcher's attractive introduction offers undergraduate students of classics the first comprehensive introduction to historiography in antiquity on the market. It unites the nitty-gritty of the historian's trade (the finding and managing of data) to an awareness of the importance of style, form, allusion and composition. The book also seeks to do justice to invididual classical historians, and discusses such important figures as Livy, Tacitus, Herodotus, Cicero, Plutarch and Lucian. For maximum pedagogical appeal, a comprehensive bibliography and glossary are included. Writing Ancient History at last does full justice to the mechanics of history-writing in the ancient world, and will satisfy increasing general interest in how classical sources recorded the deeds of the past.

An Introduction to Classics

A Short Guide to the World of Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: Graham John Wheeler

Publisher: Felicla Books

ISBN: 9780993114113


Page: 262

View: 6184

The Greeks and Romans are part of our history and part of our heritage. In a thousand ways, their legacy continues to live today. Their literature, languages, architecture, drama, religious beliefs and philosophical ideas have inspired and challenged us for centuries. This book provides an introduction to the world of classical culture both for the general reader and for the student. It draws richly on ancient sources and texts, from the well known to the obscure. It serves as a tour guide to Graeco-Roman society, pointing out both the similarities and the differences between the ancient world and our own.


An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-State

Author: Mogens Herman Hansen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199208492

Category: History

Page: 237

View: 7195

An accessible introduction to the polis (plural: poleis), or ancient Greek city-state. Mogens Herman Hansen addresses such topics as the emergence of the polis, its size and population, and its political culture, ranging from famous poleis such as Athens and Sparta through more than 1,000 known examples.

The Egyptians

An Introduction

Author: Robert Morkot

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415271035

Category: History

Page: 245

View: 1714

An introduction to Ancient Egyptian civilization, its origins, history and culture. The book examines notions of race and colour, the achievements in the fields of science and architecture and the controversial issue of the 'legacy' of Egypt

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

Author: Kathryn A. Bard

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118896114

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 8992

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

The Romans

An Introduction

Author: Antony Kamm

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0203895088

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 3926

The second edition of The Romans: An Introduction is a concise, readable, and comprehensive survey of the civilization of ancient Rome. It covers more than 1200 years of political and military history, including many of the famous, and infamous, personalities who featured in them. Further, it describes the religions, society, and daily life of the Romans, and their literature, art, architecture, and technology, illustrated by extracts in new translations from Latin and Greek authors of the times. This second edition contains extensive additional and revised material designed to enhance the value of the book to students especially of classical or Roman civilization, Roman history, or elementary Latin, as well as to general readers and students of other disciplines for whom an understanding of the civilization and literature of Rome is desirable. In particular, the chapter on religions has been expanded, as have the sections on the role of women and on Roman social divisions and cultural traditions. There is more, too, on the diversity and administration of the empire at different periods, on changes in the army, and on significant figures of the middle and later imperial eras. New features include a glossary of Latin terms and timelines. Maps have been redrawn and new ones included along with extra illustrations, and reading lists have been revised and updated. The book now has its own dedicated website at, which is packed full of additional resources.

An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Author: Arthur Hilary Armstrong

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780822604181

Category: Philosophy

Page: 242

View: 3187

Covers the period from the beginning of Greek Philosophy to St. Augustine.

The Ancient Greeks

An Introduction to Their Life and Thought

Author: Moses I. Finley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Greece

Page: 178

View: 4956


Reading Epic

An Introduction to the Ancient Narratives

Author: Peter Toohey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134952171

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 971

Readers new to ancient epic are hampered in two ways: they do not know the ancient languages, and they are unfamiliar with the ancient world. This survey addresses the needs of these readers by offering guidance through the major classical writers of epic: it begins with Homer and concludes with an overview of the development of late ancient epic and of the interface between the epic and the novel.

Memories of Ancient Israel

An Introduction to Biblical History - Ancient and Modern

Author: Philip R. Davies

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664232884

Category: Religion

Page: 182

View: 3987

Recent years have seen an explosion of writing on the history of Israel, prompted largely by definitive archaeological surveys and attempts to write a genuine archaeological history of ancient Israel and Judah. This text is an incisive critique of and alternative proposal to these approaches to biblical history.

An Introduction to the Bible

Author: Robert Kugler,Patrick Hartin

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 080284636X

Category: Religion

Page: 538

View: 8488

Many current Bible intro volumes focus more on theories about the biblical text than on the text itself. They lack the simplicity that has become increasingly important over the past few decades as basic biblical literacy has declined. Robert Kugler and Patrick Hartin seek to remedy that problem by turning readers back to the text at hand. Introduction to the Bible is precisely what it claims to be, as it surveys the content of all the biblical books, section by section, focusing on the Bible's theological themes. While including some discussion of the Bible from a historical-critical standpoint, Kugler and Hartin do so to enhance, not obscure, understanding. Perfect for undergraduates, church study groups, and interested laypeople, Kugler and Hartin's Introduction to the Bible ably delivers on its title.