Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections

Philosophical Perspectives on Greek and Chinese Science and Culture

Author: G. E. R. Lloyd,Geoffrey Ernest Richard Lloyd

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199288700

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

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Geoffrey Lloyd engages in a wide-ranging exploration of what we can learn from the study of ancient civilisations that is relevant to fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral, that we still face today. How far is it possible to arrive at an understanding of alien systems of belief? Is it possible to talk meaningfully of 'science' and of its various constituent disciplines, 'astronomy', 'geography', 'anatomy', and so on, in the ancient world? Are logic and its laws universal? Is there one ontology- a single world - to which all attempts at understanding must be considered to be directed? When we encounter apparently very different views of reality, how far can that be put down to a difference in conceptions of what needs explaining, or of what counts as an explanation, or to differentpreferred modes of reasoning or styles of inquiry? Do the notions of truth and belief represent reliable cross-cultural universals? In another area, what can ancient history teach us about today's social and political problems? Are the discourses of human nature and of human rights universally applicable? What political institutions do we need to help secure equity and justice within nation states and between them? Lloyd sets out to answer all these questions, and to convince us that the science and culture of ancient Greece and China provide precious resources to advance modern debates.

Ancient Worlds

The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization

Author: Richard Miles

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014196300X

Category: History

Page: 400

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Across the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta, awe-inspiring, monstrous ruins are scattered across the landscape - vast palaces, temples, fortresses, shattered statues of ancient gods, carvings praising the eternal power of long-forgotten dynasties. These ruins - the remainder of thousands of years of human civilization - are both inspirational in their grandeur, and terrible in that their once teeming centres of population were all ultimately destroyed and abandoned. In this major book, Richard Miles recreates these extraordinary cities, ranging from the Euphrates to the Roman Empire, to understand the roots of human civilization. His challenge is to make us understand that the cities which define culture, religion and economic success and which are humanity's greatest invention, have always had a cruel edge to them, building systems that have provided both amazing opportunities and back-breaking hardship. This exhilarating book is both a pleasure to read and a challenge to us all to think about our past - and about the present.

Hollywood's Ancient Worlds

Author: Jeffrey Richards

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826435386

Category: History

Page: 240

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Jeffrey Richards examines the cultural, social, economic and technological circumstances that dictated the rise and decline of each successive cycle of Ancient World epics, from the silent film era, to the "golden age" of the 1950s, right up to the present day (Gladiator, 300, Rome). Analysis reveals that historical films are always as much about the time in which they are made as they are about the time in which they are set. The ancient world is often used to deliver messages to the contemporary audience about the present: hostility to totalitarian regimes both Fascist and Communist, concern at the decline of Christianity, support for the new state of Israel, celebrations of equality and democracy, and concern about changing gender roles. The whole adds up to a fresh look at a body of films that people think they know, but about which they will learn a good deal more.

Light on the Ancient Worlds

A New Translation with Selected Letters

Author: Frithjof Schuon,Deborah Casey

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 0941532720

Category: Religion

Page: 157

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Essays examine the wisdom of the ancients, east and west, and the essential unity of their vision of truth.

Ancient Worlds in Digital Culture

Author: Claire Clivaz,Paul Dilley,David Hamidović

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004325239

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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The volume presents a selection of research projects in Digital Humanities applied to the “Biblical Studies” in the widest sense and context. Taken as a whole, the volume restitutes the merging Digital Culture at the beginning of the 21st century.

Atlas of Ancient Worlds

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780756657178

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Journey back in time to ancient civilizations across Asia, into Inca fortresses and beyond. . Send your child on an incredible adventure into ancient worlds as they join Alexander the Great as he battles his way across Asia, discover why Mayan kings gave their own blood to the gods, and travel down the Nile to wonder at the mighty pyramids of the pharaohs. Travel around the world to see how ancient peoples lived. From the earliest cities where writing was invented to the great civilizations of Rome, Egypt, China and more. It's a thrilling interactive adventure.

Ancient Worlds

An Epic History of East and West

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473506794

Category: History

Page: 432

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‘A bold and imaginative page-turner that challenges ideas about the world of antiquity.’ Peter Frankopan (The Silk Roads) ‘This vivid and engaging book brings to life some of the most important moments in ancient history, moments that have shaped not only the politics and culture of bygone eras, but the institutions, thoughts and fantasies of our time.’ Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens) ‘As panoramic as it is learned, this is ancient history for our globalised world.' Tom Holland (Dynasty, Rubicon) Acclaimed historian and TV presenter Michael Scott guides us through an epic story spanning ten centuries to create a bold new reading of the classical era for our globalised world. Scott challenges our traditionally western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers and empires that swept across Central Asia to India and China – resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history. With stunning range and richness, Ancient Worlds illustrates how the great powers and characters of antiquity shared ambitions and crises, ways of thinking and forms of governing: connections that only grew stronger over the centuries as political systems evolved, mighty armies clashed, universal religions were born and our modern world was shaped. Scott focuses on three epochal ‘moments’ across the ancient globe, and their profound wider significance: from 509-8 BCE (birth of Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic, as well as the age of Confucius’s teachings in China); to 218 BCE (when Hannibal of Carthage challenged Rome and China saw its first emperor); to 312 CE, when Constantine sought to impose Christianity on the Roman world even as Buddhism was pervading China via the vast trading routes we now know as the ‘Silk Roads.’ A major work of global history, Michael Scott’s enthralling journey challenges the way we think about our past, re-draws the map of the classical age to reveal its hidden connections, and shows us how ancient history has lessons for our own times.

Journeys to Ancient Worlds: What Modern Man Can Learn from Ancient Civilisations

Author: Richard J Oldale

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1326243411

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

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There is a misconception about South America. The same can be said about the history of mankind. Combine the two and an entirely different story develops. Journeys to Ancient Worlds asks the questions - and finds the answers - that shatter the illusion of orthodox history. From the sophisticated engineering works of Peru and Bolivia to the extraordinary knowledge of astronomy found in Mesoamerica, this fascinating book serves as a travel guide that takes you on a voyage of discovery – not only of ancient cultures and their “impossible” temples, but of mankind as a species. We have a mysterious relationship with the Universe, and when you learn to connect with nature, you discover a new you. Witty, informative and enlightening, What Modern Man Can Learn From Ancient Civilisations is essential reading for travellers brave enough to explore countries and cultures you know little about – but more importantly, it awakens you to the fact that you have to discover your inner-self!

Ancient Worlds

A thrilling adventure through the ancient worlds

Author: Miranda Smith,Philip Steele

Publisher: Kingfisher

ISBN: 9780753472392

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Discover the strangest facts, read incredible information and marvel at the amazing 3D artwork that bring alive the people, places, lives, beliefs, treasures, and battles of the awe-inspiring worlds of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Internet links on every page guide you to fascinating information about these ancient civilizations. This 80-page reference guide pulls together the very best material from the individual titles in the highly successful Navigators information book series. There are 16 Navigators titles covering topics from history, geography, the natural world, and technology.

Tales from Ancient Worlds

Author: Shahrukh Husain,Bee Willey

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 0237543834

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 165

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Presents myths and legends from ancient civilizations around the world, including tales from Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, Scandinavia, and Africa.

Palenque, Unearthing Ancient Worlds

Author: Deborah Kops

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 0822575043

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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This intriguing volume focuses on Palenque, the ancient Mexican city discovered in 1840, and the mysteries that still remain.

Ancient Worlds in Film and Television

Gender and Politics

Author: Almut-Barbara Renger,Jon Solomon

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004183205

Category: History

Page: 340

View: 9744

This volume reinvigorates the field of Classical Reception by investigating present-day culture, society, and politics, particularly gender, gender roles, and filmic constructions of masculinity and femininity which shape and are shaped by interacting economic, political, and ideological practices.

Simulating Prehistoric and Ancient Worlds

Author: Juan A. Barceló,Florencia Del Castillo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319314815

Category: Computers

Page: 404

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This book presents a unique selection of fully reviewed, extended papers originally presented at the Social Simulation Conference 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Only papers on the simulation of historical processes have been selected, the aim being to present theories and methods of computer simulation that can be relevant to understanding the past. Applications range from the Paleolithic and the origins of social life up to the Roman Empire and Early Modern societies. Case studies from Europe, America, Africa and Asia have been selected for publication. The extensive introduction offers a thorough review of the computer simulation of social dynamics in past societies as a means of understanding human history. This book will be of great interest to researchers in the social sciences, archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, and social history.

Food in the Ancient World from A to Z

Author: Andrew Dalby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135954291

Category: History

Page: 432

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Sensual yet pre-eminently functional, food is of intrinsic interest to us all. This exciting new work by a leading authority explores food and related concepts in the Greek and Roman worlds. In entries ranging from a few lines to a couple of pages, Andrew Dalby describes individual foodstuffs (such as catfish, gazelle, peaches and parsley), utensils, ancient writers on food, and a vast range of other topics, drawn from classical literature, history and archaeology, as well as looking at the approaches of modern scholars. Approachable, reliable and fun, this A-to-Z explains and clarifies a subject that crops up in numerous classical sources, from plays to histories and beyond. It also gives references to useful primary and secondary reading. It will be an invaluable companion for students, academics and gastronomes alike.

Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World

Author: John G. Gager

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195134827

Category: History

Page: 278

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"Many of these texts have now been translated into English for the first time, with a substantial translator's introduction revealing the cultural, social, and historical context for the texts. Contributing to the ancient and modern debate about religion and "magic," this book will interest historians, classicists, scholars of religion, and those concerned with ancient magic."--Jacket.

The Ancient World in Silent Cinema

Author: Pantelis Michelakis,Maria Wyke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110701610X

Category: History

Page: 379

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The first systematic attempt to focus on the instrumental role of silent cinema in early twentieth-century conceptualizations of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. It is located at the intersection of film studies, classics, Bible studies and cultural studies.

A History of the Family: Distant worlds, ancient worlds

Author: Andr? Burgui?re

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674396753

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 713

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As old as the prehistoric bones jumbled in caves, as new as the latest union consummated in a test tube, the family in one form or another is at the heart of every society. Our most common institution, it is also the source of some of the world's most compelling and persistent questions, touching the very quick of history, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. A History of the Family is the first work to address all these aspects of the family over time and across the earth--to search out what the family means in its most particular and universal senses. This monumental work in two volumes brings together experts from every discipline to show what the study of each epoch has to tell us about the family. Why is the family universal and yet so different in its various cultural manifestations? What notions of kinship regulate it, and how do these develop and change? Françoise Zonabend's anthropological perspective on these questions, leading off Volume I, surveys familial terms and arrangements from familiar patrilinear models to matrilinear societies in Sumatra and Ghana to polyandry among the Nayar and the Toda of India. The following essays, which move from prehistory to antiquity to the middle ages, trace the evolution of the family from primate behavior to codified practices--in Sumer and Babylon and ancient Rome, in feudal Europe and medieval Byzantium, in China and Japan and Arab Islam--and relate these developments to religious, economic, and governmental concerns from land ownership to dynastic control and the maintenance of public order.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World

Author: Shona Grimbly

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781579582814

Category: History

Page: 256

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Profiles various cultures of the ancient world and discusses how those cultures helped lay the foundations for the modern world.