Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE

Paperback | July 10, 2014

byRalph W. Mathisen

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Challenging the stereotypes and myths that typically characterize students' understanding of antiquity, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE, Second Edition, focuses on continuity and connections, along with cultural diffusion and cultural diversity, to show howhistory is a cumulative process and that numerous similar themes recur in different times and places. The text also explores sensitive issues and debates including attitudes toward race, ethnicity, and tolerance; gender issues and roles; slavery; social mobility; religion; political evolution; thenature of government; and imperialism.

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Challenging the stereotypes and myths that typically characterize students' understanding of antiquity, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE, Second Edition, focuses on continuity and connections, along with cultural diffusion and cultural diversity, to show howhistory is a cumulative process and that numerous...

Ralph W. Mathisen is Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored, edited, or coedited thirteen books and has published 100 scholarly articles. He is a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, founding editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity, and Director of t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceNote on Spelling and PronunciationAbout the AuthorSECTION I: The Origins of History1. Civilization Before Civilization (2,000,000-3000 BCE)SECTION II: The Ancient Near Eastern World2. Mesopotamia and the Bronze Age (6000-1200 BCE)3. Egypt and the Bronze Age (8000-1200 BCE)4. Coastal Civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean (2500-800 BCE)5. Iron Age Empires: Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia (850-500 BCE)SECTION III: The Ancient Greek World6. Greece in the Dark and Archaic Ages (1100-500 BCE)7. Sparta, Athens, and the Classical Age (500-387 BCE)8. Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age (387-31 BCE)9. Civilization beyond the Near East, Greece, and Rome (2300-31 BCE)SECTION IV: The Ancient Roman World10. The Rise of Rome and the Roman Republic (753-120 BCE)11. Crisis, Recovery, and the Creation of the Principate (150-21 BCE)12. The Roman Peace (27 BCE-192 CE)SECTION V: The World of Late Antiquity13. Crisis, Recovery, and the Creation of the Late Roman Empire (192-337)14. The Christian Empire and the Late Roman World (337-476)15. The End of Antiquity (476-640)GlossaryCreditsIndex