Ancient Worlds by Richard MilesAncient Worlds by Richard Miles

Ancient Worlds

byRichard Miles

Paperback | October 25, 2011

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Accompanying the major BBC TV series, Richard Miles's Ancient Worlds tells the epic story of civilization, and the cities that made us who we are. The path of human progress is one of enlightenment and cruelty, achievement and bloodshed, creation and destruction. Here Richard Miles reaches back into our distant past to bring alive its most glorious and terrible people and places: from the first ever city in Mesopotamia to the death cults of Egypt, from the Phoenician seafarers who invented the alphabet to the brutal Assyrian empire, and on to the great city-states of Athens and Rome. By choosing to live together with strangers in vast urban settings, Miles shows, humans harnessed the very best and the worst of ourselves, setting civilization in motion and forging the modern world. 'Epic and compelling'
  Daily Mail 'An epic, spanning five millennia and half the globe'
  Daily Telegraph 'Engaging ... full of interesting things about the radical social experiment of the city-state, and the new ways of living it permitted'
  Independent 'Ancient Worlds really does put flesh on the bones of history and Richard Miles brings long lost cities to life'
  Observer Richard Miles is the author of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization. A six-part TV series of Ancient Worlds was broadcast on BBC2 in 2011. He teaches classics at the University of Sydney and was previously a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics and Fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.
Richard Miles is the author of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization. He teaches classics at the University of Sydney and was previously a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics and Fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He has written widely on Punic, Roman...
Title:Ancient WorldsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.75 × 5.15 × 1 inPublished:October 25, 2011Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241951364

ISBN - 13:9780241951361

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sweeping Journey Through Ancient Times From early Sumer to the late Roman Empire, the author covers over 4000 years of the ancient history of western civilization, focussing mainly on the birth and evolution of the city. And he does all of this in about 340 pages of incredibly spellbinding text. Some civilizations are discussed in more detail than others; this is likely as a function of importance as well as the amount of information that is currently available on them. The author, an expert on this subject matter, writes very well in a prose that is friendly, lively, authoritative, occasionally humorous and quite gripping. As an ancient history enthusiast, I consider myself reasonably well-read on many specific aspects of this field. But despite this book’s sweeping nature, I thoroughly enjoyed it, partly because of the writing style but also because of the author’s insights on several of the issues that he presents – insights that are supported by the latest historical and archaeological evidence. Consequently, I expect that this book should appeal not only to other history enthusiasts like me, but also to anyone who wants a broad overview of the ancient world concentrating on the main highlights without getting bogged down by minute details.
Date published: 2012-07-12