Analyzes the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East in social and cultural contexts
Ancient World, The: A Social and Cultural History, 8/e ,presents a comprehensive analysis of the cultures and societies of the ancient Mediterranean world from prehistoric times to the rise of Islam. It offers a multi-perspective and integrated chronicle of the history of the ancient world, from Sumer to the fall of Rome.
This title challenges purely narrative accounts of the ancient past, offering in-depth analysis of such key events and institutions as: the origins of agriculture and the rise of urban civilization in the Middle East; household and gender roles in the Middle East, Greece, and Rome; slavery throughout the Mediterranean; and how the Romans built, maintained, and lost their empire.
D. Brendan Nagle is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Southern California, where he had appointments in the departments of history and classics. He was research associate at the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 1970 and 1999. From 1976 to 1983 he was chairman of USC’s History Department. He is the author or coauthor of six books and has published over 50 articles and reviews in such journals as: American Historical Review, American Journal of Archaeology, Ancient History Bulletin, Athenaeum, Historia, Journal of American Ethnic History, Polis, L’Antiquité classique, Review of Metaphysics, Rheinisches Museum für Philologie, and Transactions of the American Philological Society. He received USC’s Social Science Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1984.
PART ONE: THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST
Chapter 1: The Early Civilization of Mesopotamia and Egypt
Chapter 2: An Age of Empires: The Middle East, 2000—1000 B.C.
Chapter 3: The Middle East to the Persian Empire
PART TWO: THE GREEK WORLD
Chapter 4: The Emergence of Greek Civilization
Chapter 5: The Wars of the Greeks
Chapter 6: Classical Athens
Chapter 7: Philip, Alexander, and the Hellenistic World
PART THREE: THE ROMAN WORLD
Chapter 8: Early Rome
Chapter 9: The Building of an Empire
Chapter 10: The Transformation of the Roman Republic
Chapter 11: The Roman World from Augustus to the Third-Century Crisis
Chapter 12: The Roman Peace
Chapter 13: The Empire from the Third-Century Crisis to Justinian
Chapter 14: The Transformed Mediterranean