History - Ancient


  • 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)

    By Eric H. Cline

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780691168388
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Published: September 2015
    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age--and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.
  • 428 AD

    By Giusto Traina

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780691150253
    • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
    • Published: April 2011
    "The history of late antiquity has inspired some of the most vital historical writing of the last half-century. Giusto Traina sustains the tradition with his vivid snapshot of a year. The very ordinariness of 428 AD makes us see the period afresh. In transcending the partisan language of 'transformation' and 'decline, ' Traina reimagines in ecstasy a world racked by agony."--Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, author of "The Americas: A History of Two Continents" and "Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration""This is one of those books for which one has longed for a very long time. Only by the decision to place one year on the map of an entire segment of Europe and the Middle East is it possible to seize the full dynamics of the history of the later Roman Empire. I have read nothing like it and I have benefitted from it on every page. It is the sense of different landscapes that lingers with the reader, and also the sense of a common imperial energy that pulses through the entire world as here described. It is a tour de force to have found, in this way, a new Archimedes point from which to move the great mass of the history of the fifth century and in such a way that it does not splinter. This is truly a book which opens a window on to the world of late antiquity."--Peter Brown, author of "Augustine of Hippo: A Biography""Giusto Traina's "428 AD" demands attention. Not only is it a first-rate piece of scholarship, it is engaging, original, and a pleasure to read. Focusing his book on the year 428 is a brilliant idea. Traina is completely successful in using this device to give a synoptic view of late antiquity, not just the late Roman Empire. The narrative is never forced; his journey progresses quite naturally, delighting the reader with fascinating information at every step. This is a commendable achievement in the same spirit as Peter Brown's "The World of Late Antiquity." 428 will be an 'anonymous' year no more."--Michael Maas, Rice University"This is one of those books for which one has longed for a very long time. Only by the decision to place one year on the map of an entire segment of Europe and the Middle East is it possible to seize the full dynamics of the history of the later Roman Empire. I have read nothing like it and I have benefitted from it on every page."--Peter Brown, author of "Augustine of Hippo: A Biography"
  • Ad C. Herennium: De Ratione Dicendi (Rhetorica Ad Herennium)

    By Cicero

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780674994447
    • Publisher: Heinemann
    • Published: January 1954
    (Loeb Classical Library)
  • Adrianople AD 378: The Goths Crush Rome's Legions (Campaign, No. 84)

    By Simon MacDowall

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781841761473
    • Publisher: Osprey Military
    • Published: April 2001
    Osprey's examination of the Battle of Adrianople (378 AD), fought between Goth rebels, led by Fritigern, and the Roman army, led by Emperor Valens. ’Never, except in the battle of Cannae, had there been so destructive a slaughter recorded in our annals.’ Thus the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus recorded the battle of Adrianople, which spelled the beginning of the end of the Roman Empire. Such a crushing Roman defeat by Gothic cavalry proved to the Empire, as well as to the Goths themselves, that the migratory barbarians were a force to be reckoned with. This book tells the story of the misguided Roman plans and the surprise attack of Gothic cavalry, and puts forward the most recent theories as to the true location of the battlefield.
  • The Aeneid of Virgil

    By Allen Mandelbaum

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520254152
    • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
    • Published: September 2007
  • African Archaeology

    By David W. Phillipson

    Our Price: $200.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780521832366
    • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UP
    • Published: June 2005
    Research in Africa is now accepted as an integral part of global archaeological studies. As well as providing archaeologists with the oldest material, Africa is also widely recognized as the birthplace of modern man & his characteristic cultural patterns. Archaeological study of later periods provides unique & valuable evidence for the development of African culture & society, while ongoing research in Africa provides insights relevant to the interpretation of the archaeological record in other parts of the world. This volume presents a lucid & fully illustrated account of African archaeology from prehistory & the origins of humanity to the age of European colonization.
  • After Collapse

    By Glenn M. Schwartz

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780816529360
    • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
    • Published: August 2010
    From the Euphrates Valley to the southern Peruvian Andes, early complex societies have risen and fallen, but in some cases they have also been reborn. Prior archaeological investigation of these societies has focused primarily on emergence and collapse. This is the first book-length work to examine the question of how and why early complex urban societies have reappeared after periods of decentralization and collapse. Ranging widely across the Near East, the Aegean, East Asia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, these cross-cultural studies expand our understanding of social evolution by examining how societies were transformed during the period of radical change now termed “collapse.” They seek to discover how societal complexity reemerged, how second-generation states formed, and how these re-emergent states resembled or differed from the complex societies that preceded them. The contributors draw on material culture as well as textual and ethnohistoric data to consider such factors as preexistent institutions, structures, and ideologies that are influential in regeneration; economic and political resilience; the role of social mobility, marginal groups, and peripheries; and ethnic change. In addition to presenting a number of theoretical viewpoints, the contributors also propose reasons why regeneration sometimes does not occur after collapse. A concluding contribution by Norman Yoffee provides a critical exegesis of “collapse” and highlights important patterns found in the case histories related to peripheral regions and secondary elites, and to the ideology of statecraft. After Collapse blazes new research trails in both archaeology and the study of social change, demonstrating that the archaeological record often offers more clues to the “dark ages” that precede regeneration than do text-based studies. It opens up a new window on the past by shifting the focus away from the rise and fall of ancient civilizations to their often more telling fall and rise.CONTRIBUTORS Bennet Bronson, Arlen F. Chase, Diane Z. Chase, Christina A. Conlee, Lisa Cooper, Timothy S. Hare, Alan L. Kolata, Marilyn A. Masson, Gordon F. McEwan, Ellen Morris, Ian Morris, Carlos Peraza Lope, Kenny Sims, Miriam T. Stark, Jill A. Weber, Norman Yoffee
  • After Paul Left Corinth

    By Bruce W. Winter

    Our Price: $31.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802848987
    • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
    • Published: November 2000
  • After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000-5000 B.C.

    By Steven Mithen

    Our Price: $28.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780674019997
    • Publisher: Harvard University Press
    • Published: April 2006
    Brings to life fifteen thousand years of human history in a study that follows an imaginary modern traveler who visits and observes prehistoric communities and landscapes that laid the foundations of the modern world.
  • The Age of Agade: Inventing Empire in Ancient Mesopotamia

    By Benjamin R. Foster

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    • ISBN-13: 9781138909755
    • Publisher: Routledge
  • Ages in Chaos, Volume I: From the Exodus to King Akhnaton

    By Immanuel Velikovsky

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385048972
    • Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
    • Published: June 1952
    A reconstruction of ancient history.
  • Agrarian Sociology Of Ancient Civilizations (World History Series)

    By Max Weber

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781781681091
    • Publisher: Verso
    • Published: August 2013
    A century after it was originally published and translated from the German, this masterpiece of sociology concepts describes the role of socio-economic structures in the early world civilizations, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece and Rome. Original.
  • Alcidamas

    By John V. Muir

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781853996108
    • Publisher: Intl Pub Marketing Inc
    • Published: April 2002
    Alcidamas is a significant figure in the early development of Greek rhetoric at the beginning of the fourth century B.C. Pupil of Gorgias and a keen rival of Isocrates, he probably influenced Aeschines and Demosthenes, and was warmly admired by Cicero. He had read some of Plato's works, and was the subject of detailed critical attention in Aristotle's Rhetoric. His extant works are On Those Who Write Written Speeches (a treatise on the advantages to the speaker of improvisation on a well-prepared brief as against text-bound delivery), and Odysseus (a pattern exercise in constructing a prosecution speech - in this case against Palamedes for alleged treachery at Troy). The Greek text of these and other surviving fragments is presented in this edition - the first to provide a full commentary on the surviving works together with an English translation. This will be essential for libraries and for all with an interest in ancient oratory.
  • Alexander of Aphrodisias on Fate

    By R. W. Sharples

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780715617397
    • Publisher: Intl Pub Marketing Inc
    • Published: June 1984