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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2013-12-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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.





Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents


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 

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 



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 

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