Roots of the Western Tradition

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-26
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This brief, chronological survey provides students with an introduction to the histories of the Near East, Greece, and Rome from roughly 3000 B.C. until A.D. 500. Succinct enough to be used with supplements, the coverage is carefully balanced between narrative and interpretation, highlighting historians' varying viewpoints on issues of the past. Throughout, special attention is paid to connections between the cultures of the Near East including Mesopotamia and Egypt and Graeco-Roman civilization. This 8th edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest scholarship on the ancient western world, as well as new timelines and pedagogical enhancements to assist students in their study.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. x
List of Biographical Sketchesp. xi
List of Time Linesp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xv
The Ancient Near East
From Stone Age to Civilizationp. 7
Mesopotamiap. 16
Egyptp. 30
The Diffusion of Near Eastern Civilizationp. 48
Suggested Readingsp. 65
Ancient Greece
Crete, Mycenae, and the Dark Agep. 73
The Rise of Classical Greecep. 85
The Zenith and Transformation of Classical Greecep. 103
Literature and Philosophy in Greecep. 115
The Culture of the Golden Agep. 131
The Hellenistic Agep. 147
Suggested Readingsp. 165
Ancient Rome
The Rise of Romep. 175
The Principatep. 196
The Spiritual Metamorphosisp. 216
The Dominatep. 226
The Waning of the Western Empirep. 245
Suggested Readingsp. 258
Glossaryp. 265
Indexp. 279
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