In the Land of a Thousand Gods

A History of Asia Minor in the Ancient World

Author: Christian Marek,Peter Frei

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691159793

Category: History

Page: 797

View: 916

This monumental book provides the first comprehensive history of Asia Minor from prehistory to the Roman imperial period. In this English-language edition of the critically acclaimed German book, Christian Marek masterfully employs ancient sources to illuminate civic institutions, urban and rural society, agriculture, trade and money, the influential Greek writers of the Second Sophistic, the notoriously bloody exhibitions of the gladiatorial arena, and more. In the Land of a Thousand Gods is truly panoramic in scope. Blending rich narrative with in-depth analyses of political, social, and economic history, the book traces Asia Minor's shifting orientation between East and West and examines its role as both a melting pot of nations and a bridge for cultural transmission. Marek takes readers from the earliest known Stone Age settlements to the end of antiquity. He covers the emergence of early Greek poetry and science, the invention of coinage, Persian domination, the prosperity of cities under the Hellenistic kings, and the establishment of Roman provinces. Marek draws on the latest research—in fields ranging from demography and economics to architecture and religion—to describe how Asia Minor became a center of culture and wealth in the Roman Empire. He shows how the advancement of Hellenic culture and civic autonomy was the irreversible legacy of the Pax Romana. A breathtaking work of scholarship, In the Land of a Thousand Gods will become the standard reference book on the subject in English.

Geschichte Kleinasiens in der Antike

Author: Christian Marek

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406709710

Category: History

Page: 966

View: 5635

Christian Marek und Peter Frei geben einen souveränen Überblick über 10.000 Jahre Historie eines menschheitsgeschichtlich hochbedeutenden Territoriums, wo sich der Prozess der Sesshaftwerdung des Menschen vollzog. Seit dem Auftreten der altorientalischen Hochkulturen lag es im Kraftfeld der Großreiche. Ägypter, Hethiter, Urartäer, Lykier, Karer, Phryger, Lyder, Assyrer, Griechen, Perser und Römer haben das Gebiet geprägt, das mit über 750.000 km2 ziemlich genau dem Staatsgebiet der heutigen Türkei entspricht. Hier fand der Zug der Zehntausend statt, hier wurde das Geld erfunden, hier kämpfte Alexander der Große, hier zerfleischten sich die Diadochen, hier schuf Pompeius seine Neuordnung des Ostens, hier blühten Dichtung und Philosophie, hier missionierte der Apostel Paulus, hier verbreiteten sich die Häresien des Christentums. All diese und viele weitere Aspekte der Geschichte Kleinasiens in der Antike werden in diesem einzigartigen, reich bebilderten und mit zahlreichen Karten, Stammbäumen und Herrscherlisten ausgestatteten Werk lebendig und anschaulich dargestellt.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 2273

Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

A Survey of the Old Testament

Author: Andrew E. Hill,John H. Walton

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310590663

Category: Religion

Page: 800

View: 7964

This innovative textbook at long last provides an Old Testament survey for undergraduate students that goes beyond basic content. The book attempts to balance the literary, historical, and theological issues pertaining to each individual book and to the Old Testament as a whole. The main portion of the survey treats each book of the Old Testament in the order of the English canon. This information does not simply rehash the biblical material, but assumes that the Scriptures are being read alongside the survey. The book focuses its primary attention on the purpose and message of each book and attempts to show how the literary structure of each one has been used to accomplish the author's purpose. The survey also introduces readers to the issues of hermeneutics (general and special), history (Israelite and Near Eastern), archaeology, canon, geography, Old Testament theology (biblical and systematic), and critical methodologies. All these issues are dealt with in separate chapters at a basic introductory level that never allows the reader to lose sight, as it were, of the forest while wandering through the trees. In addressing critical issues of date and authorship, the survey avoids a polemical stance. Hill and Watson seek to depend on the evidence of the text rather than on presuppositions to substantiate their views. Their commitment to the authority of the biblical text results in a book that, while notably evangelical, is not always traditional. The authors approach the survey mindful of two complicating factors in Old Testament study. First, God's revelation did not come by way of the English language or through Western culture, and therefore we today have to work carefully to receive the message clearly. Second, even when we are listening, we have a tendency to be selective about what we hear or to try to make the message conform to our ideas. The solution is to allow the Bible to speak for itself. The informed reader will find much innovation here and a keen awareness of current scholarship relating to the Old Testament. Above all, this textbook will bring a new vigor and excitement to the Old Testament as readers learn to discover its story for themselves and see how to understand it as a substantial part of God's self-revelation to humankind. This survey is well illustrated with maps, charts, and photographs. Additional features are the questions for study and the annotated reading list at the end of each chapter.

Healing God's Earth

Rural Community in the Context of Urban Civilization

Author: S. Roy Kaufman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620328488

Category: Religion

Page: 284

View: 8240

Rural communities and traditional cultures throughout North America and around the world are being systematically dismantled by the forces of urban civilization. It is no new phenomenon. For over four millennia, the powers of urban civilization have been playing God, oppressing people, and exploiting the earth. This long history has brought us to the brink of disaster in the current economic, ecological, and energy crises confronting the dominant global culture.This book reads the Bible through the lenses of rural communities. The Bible has something to say about the origin and character of urban civilization and the dynamic of its relationship to rural communities. Both Israel in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament were engaged in the formation of rural communities of faith living as alternatives to the dominant cultures of the urban civilizations in which they lived.It turns out that local, face-to-face communities, both rural and urban, along with traditional cultures of all stripes, are God's chosen instruments for the subversive, nonviolent disarming of urban civilization and the healing of God's earth.

The Sea and Civilization

A Maritime History of the World

Author: Lincoln Paine

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1782393579

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 1112

A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history that reveals in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India, Southeast and East Asia who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish vibrant overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European overseas expansion. His narrative traces subsequent developments in commercial and naval shipping through the post-Cold War era. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be traced to the sea.

Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser

"So ist es mit der Erinnerung. Mit ihr leuchten wir hinunter in die Vergangenheit."

Author: Ernst H. Gombrich

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783832176549

Category: World history

Page: 349

View: 1852


A Library of the World's Best Literature - Ancient and Modern - Vol. XVIII (Forty-Five Volumes); Hawthorne-Holberg

Author: Charles Dudley Warner

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1605201839

Category: History

Page: 428

View: 6223

Popular American essayist, novelist, and journalist CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER (1829-1900) was renowned for the warmth and intimacy of his writing, which encompassed travelogue, biography and autobiography, fiction, and more, and influenced entire generations of his fellow writers. Here, the prolific writer turned editor for his final grand work, a splendid survey of global literature, classic and modern, and it's not too much to suggest that if his friend and colleague Mark Twain-who stole Warner's quip about how "everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it"-had assembled this set, it would still be hailed today as one of the great achievements of the book world. Highlights from Volume 18 include: . excerpts from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter . travel writing by Lafcadio Hearn . the philosophy of George William Frederick Hegel and Thomas Hobbes . the writings of Heliodorus . the poems of George Herbert and Jos-Maria de Hrdia . the writings of Patrick Henry . verse by Thomas Heywood . and much, much more.

Reading the Old Testament

An Introduction

Author: Lawrence Boadt,Richard J. Clifford,Daniel J. Harrington

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1616436700

Category: Religion

Page: 510

View: 6618

Daily life in Ancient Israel - Great prophets including, Hosea, Amos, Isaiah - People and lands of the Old Testament.

The Hermeneutical Spiral

A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Author: Grant R. Osborne

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830812882

Category: Religion

Page: 499

View: 8325

Recipient of a Christianity Today 1993 Critics Choice Award!In this comprehensive and up-to-date volume, Grant R. Osborne provides seminary students and working pastors with the full set of tools they need to move from sound exegesis to the development of biblical and systematic theologies andto the preparation of sound, biblical sermons.Osborne contends that hermeneutics is a spiral from text to context--a movement between the horizon of the text and the horizon of the reader that spirals nearer and nearer toward the intended meaning of the text and its significance for today.He develops his thesis in each of three sections: the first covering general hermeneutics (grammar, semantics, syntax, backgrounds), the second covering hermeneutics and genre, and the third covering applied hermeneutics. Along the way, he offers assessments of recent developments from redaction criticism to reader response criticism. In two appendixes he also addresses the contemporary philosophical challenges to fixed meanings in texts and discusses the implications of this debate for biblical authority.Covering the wide spectrum from exegesis to sermon preparation, Osborne's up-to-date and comprehensive text should prove to be the standard evangelical work in the field for years to come.

Ancient Coins Through the Bible

Author: Joseph A. Dow

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 161777135X

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 349

View: 3723

Coins have not changed much throughout antiquity. Yes, they are made from different, more durable materials now, but they are still etched with depictions of their civilization, whether that means the profile of George Washington or the profile of Emperor Nero or the profile of a lion, the symbol of ancient Babylon. Following the course of time from Abraham to the Crusaders, Ancient Coins through the Bible chronicles the history of various locations mentioned throughout the Bible and presents photographs of ancient coins minted in these cities. Though we cannot see those ancient civilizations or the way they lived, these tangible bits of the past speak abundantly about them. As you view these fragments of history, imagine you are traveling with Abraham to Canaan and Paul to Spain. Experience the biblical stories visually through the coins depicted instead of simply reading them, and better understand the lessons taught by God's Word.

The Truth Behind the Christ Myth

The Redemption of the Peacock Angel

Author: Mark Amaru Pinkham

Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press

ISBN: 9781931882026

Category: Philosophy

Page: 100

View: 7815

Return of the Serpents of Wisdom and Conversations With the Goddess author Pinkham tells us the Truth Behind the Christ Myth and presents radically new information regarding Jesus Christ and his ancient legend, includes: The legend of Jesus Christ is based on a much earlier Son of God myth from India, the legend of Murrugan, the Peacock Angel; The symbol of the Catholic Church is Murrugan's symbol, the peacock, a bird native to south-east Asia; Murrugan evolved into the Persian Mithras, and Mithras evolved into Jesus Christ Saint Paul came from Tarsus, the centre of Mithras worship in Asia Minor. He amalgamated the legend of the Persian Son of God onto Jesus' life story; The Three Wise Men were Magi priests from Persia who believed that Jesus was an incarnation of Mithras; While in India, Saint Thomas became a peacock before he died and merged with Murrugan, the Peacock Angel; The Emperor Constantine, the first 'Christian' Emperor of the Roman Empire, was a lifelong devotee of Mithras. He was baptised Christian on his deathbed; The myth of the One and Only Son of God originated with Murrugan and Mithras.

The Jesus Dynasty

The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity

Author: James D. Tabor

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 074328724X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 377

View: 7298

Presents an alternative interpretation of early Christian history that claims that Jesus intended to establish a royal dynasty, based on his descent from King David, for the spiritual and political redemption of the Jews.

To the Four Corners

Exciting And Personal Around-the-world Travel Stories Entwined With Dramatic Historical Episodes

Author: Eugene Weisberger

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595350615

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

View: 3828

"Gene's new book, To The Four Corners, gives inspiration to all those who love to travel. No matter which one of the four corners of the world you choose to visit, his stories will enhance your journey. His own personal accounts of each of his adventures make the tales interesting and exciting. We recommend it to our clients as a 'must-read' and suggest it to shorten an otherwise long plane ride." -Austin Travel of New York "Gene's latest book, like his first, deals with his favorite subject, travel. In it he takes us to many exciting places he visited the last decade or two. This time he tells us of his trips while imagining his worldwide travel heroes are alongside. His four historic companions are Alexander The Great in the Middle East, Julius Caesar going to Western Europe, Marco Polo to the Far East, and finally Christopher Columbus to the Americas. "He shares his tales with you in a fun and enjoyable manner. When Gene is asked what is his favorite place to visit, the rest of the evening is a wonderful travelogue. His friends enjoy listening to the many places they too would love to see. This is the best criteria of a good storyteller." -Marie Griffing, Author and former Editor, Cosmopolitan Magazine

A Dictionary of the Ancient Greek World

Author: David Sacks,Oswyn Murray

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195112061

Category: History

Page: 306

View: 7860

Alphabetically arranged entries provide a detailed look at the history of this ancient culture, covering such topics as art, architecture, technology, and women's roles.

Climate, History and the Modern World

Author: Hubert H. Lamb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134798385

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

View: 1209

We live in a world that is increasingly vulnerable to climatic shocks - affecting agriculture and industry, government and international trade, not to mention human health and happiness. Serious anxieties have been aroused by respected scientists warning of dire perils that could result from upsets of the climatic regime. In this internationally acclaimed book, Emeritus Professor Hubert Lamb examines what we know about climate, how the past record of climate can be reconstructed, the causes of climatic variation, and its impact on human affairs now and in the historical and prehistoric past. This 2nd Edition includes a new preface and postscript reviewing the wealth of literature to emerge in recent years, and discusses implications for a deeper understanding of the problems of future climatic fluctuations and forecasting.

Focus on World History

Author: Kathy Sammis

Publisher: Walch Publishing

ISBN: 9780825143670

Category: History

Page: 140

View: 3811

Presents activities to engage students, covering early humans, first civilizations, and ancient cultures throughout the world.