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'An Introduction to the Ancient World is an engaging and useful introductory text for students who are encountering the ancient Mediterranean and Near East for the first time. It is an excellent mix of erudition, concision and clarity that even advanced students and professionals will find valuable and suitable to their needs. Few introductory ancient history texts compare with An Introduction to the Ancient World, and none surpass it. Having used it as a textbook in both my Western Civilization and World Civilizations courses, it gives students a coherent overview that committee-produced, expensive textbooks lack.' Edward Dandrow, University of Central Florida, USA
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Lukas de Blois is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He published books and articles on the history of the Roman Empire in the third century AD, the history of the Late Roman Republic, ancient historiography (Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio), Plutarch's biographies and Greek Sicily in the fourth century BC. His most recent contribution is Image and Reality of Roman Imperial Power in the Third Century AD (Routledge, 2018). R.J. van der Spek is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Mediterranean and West Asian History at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He specialises in the history of the ancient Near East in the context of Mediterranean history. He has published on Hellenistic Babylonia and economic history. He edited two volumes in the Routledge Explorations in Economic History on market performance (no. 68) and the history of monetary policy (no. 80) from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern world.
List of maps List of figures List of boxes Preface to the Third Edition Chronology Introduction PART I: THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST 1 THE ORIGINS OF THE CIVILISATIONS OF EGYPT AND MESOPOTAMIA 2 THE THIRD MILLENNIUM The Early Bronze Age Egypt, the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 - c. 2150) Mesopotamia, Sumer and Akkad Epilogue 3 THE SECOND MILLENNIUM The Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000 - c. 1600) Egypt, the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000 - c. 1800) and the Second Intermediate Period (c. 1800 - c. 1550) Mesopotamia, the Old Assyrian and Old Babylonian periods Northern Mesopotamia: the city of Assur and the kingdom of Shamshi-Adad I (c. 2000-c. 1760) Southern Mesopotamia, the Old Babylonian empire (c. 1800 - c. 1600) The Late Bronze Age (c. 1600 - c. 1200) The 'concert of powers' Egypt, the New Kingdom (c. 1550- c. 1100) Babylonia and Assyria Mitanni The Hittite empire Crete and Mycenae International relations 4 THE FIRST MILLENNIUM The Early Iron Age (c. 1200 - c. 750 BC) Disruption and recovery Egypt, the Third Intermediate Period (c. 1100-715 BC) Syria and the Phoenicians Israel The West Asian empires (c. 750 BC-AD 651) The Neo-Assyrian empire The Neo-Babylonian empire The Persian or Achaemenid empire The Hellenistic kingdoms The Parthian or Arsacid empire The Neo-Persian or Sasanid empire The Roman empire The Arabs 5 RELIGION Polytheism Henotheism and monotheism 6 ECONOMY AND SOCIETY Agricultural economy, land tenure A 'Redistribution economy' and market economy Trade and means of payment Social organisation 7 GOVERNMENT Kingship The administrative machinery The army PART II: THE GREEK WORLD 8 THE EARLY IRON AGE (c. 1200 - c. 750 BC): 'THE DARK AGES' Disruption and recovery 9 THE ARCHAIC PERIOD, c. 750 - c. 500 BC Introduction Demographic and economic changes The polis Colonisation Social changes Military changes Cultural changes The alphabet Literature The visual arts Architecture Religion Philosophy Political changes Tyranny Sparta Athens 10 THE CLASSICAL PERIOD, c. 500 - c. 330 BC The Persian Wars Sparta and Athens after 479 BC The Delian League (477-404 BC) Athenian leaders in the fifth century Athens' state income The Great Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) The years between 404 and 336 BC The Second Athenian League (377-355) Social and military changes The rise of Macedonia Philip II (359-336): the end of the Classical period in Greek history The Athenian population in the fifth and fourth centuries BC The metics The slaves Women in Athens and Sparta Further development of the Athenian democracy The Council of the Areopagus in 462/1 Pericles The democracy and the fleet Old and new politicians The stability of the Athenian democracy Criticism of the Athenian democracy Athens as the centre of Greek culture in the Classical periodAttic drama Philosophy The sophists Rhetorical education Socrates and Plato Aristotle (384-322) Historical writing Herodotus Thucydides Historical writing after Herodotus and Thucydides The Greeks in the Western Mediterranean The economy of the Greek city states 11 THE HELLENISTIC WORLD, c. 330 - c. 30 BC Introduction Alexander the Great From Alexander to the Roman conquest Macedonia: the Antigonid kingdom Athens and Sparta Leagues of states in Greece Asia: the Seleucid kingdom Egypt: the Ptolemaic kingdom The government and the cities of the Hellenistic kingdoms Economy and society Greece The Near East Cultural aspects General Greek religion Near Eastern religions Philosophy Historiography Science The Judeans (Jews) in the Hellenistic era The impact of Hellenistic culture in the Parthian kingdom and the Roman empire Conclusion PART III: ROME 12 EARLY ROMAN HISTORY (753-265 BC) The