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Ancient World, The: A Social and Cultural History

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9780131930414

ISBN10:
0131930419
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

This comprehensive chronicle of the history of the ancient Mediterranean (from Sumer to the fall of Rome) explores thedistinctive formssociety took in the ancient worldespecially the unusual relationship between society and the state (unlike anything we encounter today) that characterized the social order of antiquity.By closely integrating social and cultural histories with the political, institutional, and military climates in which they unfolded, this book provides fascinating insights into family, gender relations, class structures, public vs. private realms, slavery, popular culture, religion, art, architecture, leisure styles, philosophy, science, and educationand their complex relationships to ideology and political events.An excellent resource for anyone interested in politics and culture; this book is a font of information; if we understand the past, we can understand the changes that politics and society have undergone, and the reasons for those changes.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Illustrations
ix
Maps
xii
Part One: The Ancient Middle East
The Early Civilization of Mesopotamia and Egypt
1(30)
Why Mesopotamia?
1(2)
The Agricultural Revolution
3(2)
The State and Urban Revolution
5(3)
Early Mesopotamian History: The Sumerian Period (3100--2000 B.C.)
8(11)
The Egyptian Alternative: The Old and Middle Kingdoms
19(12)
An Age of Empires: The Middle East, 2000--1000 B.C.
31(18)
A Time of Turmoil: New Peoples East and West
31(1)
Mesopotamia in the Age of Hammurapi
31(5)
The Hittite Empire
36(2)
The Egyptian Empire
38(8)
Egypt in Decline
46(3)
The Middle East to the Persian Empire
49(30)
The New Peoples of the Middle East
49(7)
The Glory of Assyria and Babylon
56(6)
The Persians
62(6)
Religion and Culture in Israel
68(11)
Part Two: The Greek World
The Emergence of Greek Civilization
79(42)
Geography and History
79(1)
The Origins of Greek Culture
80(1)
The Minoan and Mycenaean Ages
81(4)
The Mycenaean Age
85(5)
The Dark Ages
90(3)
Out of the Darkness: The Archaic Age
93(6)
The Example of Two Cities: Sparta and Athens
99(3)
Polis Society
102(6)
Culture and Society in the Archaic Age
108(13)
The Wars of the Greeks
121(20)
Persians and Greeks
121(6)
The Military Situation after the Persian Wars
127(3)
The Great War between Athens and Sparta
130(7)
The Hegemony of Sparta and Thebes
137(4)
Classical Athens
141(43)
The Early Classical Period (ca. 490--450 B.C.)
141(4)
The Classical Age, Part I (450--430 B.C.)
145(9)
The Later Classical Period (430--338 B.C.)
154(9)
Athenian Society
163(21)
Philip, Alexander, and the Hellenistic World
184(47)
Backward Macedonia Challenges Greece
184(1)
The Genius of Philip
185(1)
The Orator and the King: Demosthenes and Philip
186(2)
Alexander the Great
188(4)
Campaigns in Central Asia (330--323 B.C.)
192(1)
Alexander's Successors
193(2)
The State and Society in the Hellenistic World
195(3)
Hellenistic Society
198(6)
Culture and Religion in the Hellenistic World
204(10)
Greek High Culture Adapts to a New Environment
214(12)
Becoming Greek: Education in the New World
226(3)
The Hellenistic Age: Achievements and Limitations
229(2)
Part Three: The Roman World
Early Rome
231(20)
The Western Mediterranean and Early Italy
231(8)
The Latins and Early Rome
239(3)
The Republic
242(7)
The Social and Political Achievement of Early Rome: Consensus
249(2)
The Building of an Empire
251(36)
The Growth of Rome in Italy
251(10)
The Punic Wars
261(4)
Roman Territorial Expansion after the Hannibalic War
265(5)
Society and the State in the Roman Republic
270(15)
An Estimate of Roman Society
285(2)
The Transformation of the Roman Republic
287(33)
The Old Order Fades
287(10)
The Gracchan Revolution: Social and Political Context
297(5)
From the Gracchi to Augustus: The Roman Revolution
302(7)
The Fall of the Roman Republic
309(11)
The Roman World from Augustus to the Third-Century Crisis
320(16)
The Reforms of Augustus
320(6)
Rounding Out the Empire
326(6)
The Severan Emperors
332(4)
The Roman Peace
336(32)
Challenge and Response
336(2)
Society and the State in the Empire
338(23)
The Government, the Army, and Society
361(7)
The Empire from the Third-Century Crisis to Justinian
368(19)
The Third-Century Crisis
368(2)
Political Anarchy
370(2)
Diocletian and Constantine
372(4)
The Emperor and the Administration
376(4)
The Army, the Empire, and the Barbarians
380(2)
The Collapse of the Western Empire
382(3)
The Rise of the Byzantine Empire
385(2)
The Transformed Mediterranean
387(26)
History Moves Northward and Eastward
387(3)
The Transformation of the Classical Tradition
390(1)
The Empire and the Church Come to Terms
391(5)
The Christian Way of Life
396(7)
Civilizing the Barbarians
403(2)
Diverging Beliefs
405(1)
Islam and the Transformation of the Mediterranean
406(3)
Religious Legacies
409(2)
Epilogue
411(2)
Suggested Readings 413(5)
Glossary 418(7)
Index 425


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