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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Atlas of Ancient Worlds

Author: Peter Chrisp

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 140533665X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Journey back in time to ancient civilizations - incredible see-through pages and an interactive CD-Rom take you 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. Explore the fantastic see-through pages and interactive CD ROM together and 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.
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Atlas of Ancient Worlds

Author: N.A

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 1405342978

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Imagine living in a world where people paid their taxes with chocolate (Aztecs), where schoolchildren wrote their lessons on clay tablets instead of paper (Sumer), or where you could be killed for stepping on your chief’s shadow (Polynesia). These are just a few of the civilizations explored in this compelling and beautifully illustrated atlas. The Atlas of Ancient Worlds is divided into six geographical sections, giving comprehensive coverage of the world’s first societies and cultures. The first section looks at the early Middle East, where the cities of Sumer and Assyria developed. The second focuses on Africa, opening with the pyramids and palaces along the River Nile. The third section looks at Europe from the heroic age of Greece to the military might of the Roman Empire. The next covers Asia including India, the glittering cities of China, and Japan in the age of the Samurai. The fifth section journeys to the colourful kingdoms of the Aztecs and the Maya, the empire of the Incas, and the cliff dwellers of North America. Finally, the Oceania section follows the Polynesian seafarers, warlike Maoris, and the aboriginal people of Australia.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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