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A History of the Ancient World

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Reflecting five decades of teaching and research, and drawing on the most recent scholarship, the fourth edition of this widely-read history provides the same broad coverage, chronological framework, and absorbing literary style that distinguished previous editions. For the new edition, the chapters on early humankind, the section on the revolt of Bar Kochba, and the chapt ...more
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published March 14th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1965)
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Nathan
May 21, 2011 Nathan rated it liked it
This is a good overview of the ancient world focusing on the Mediterranean with less information on ancient Persia and China. It's hard to condense a couple thousand years into a few hundred pages and the book does its best to not be too superficial in its treatment. I honestly don't know how it could be better.

It reflects an older trend of more objective history, one that doesn't try to attribute motivations to peoples that don't necessarily share the same values as the rest of us today do.

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Robert Palmer
Aug 15, 2013 Robert Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-ancient
I love history from any era. In college I took a few history classes, but none that covered the ancient world. So, I bought this book, which is a college textbook. It was a delightful read.
Sean Chick
Aug 02, 2012 Sean Chick rated it it was amazing
If you are not called Greece or Rome he barely covers your history. Persia gets the short end of the historical stick. Yet this is a mighty achievement in historical synthesis.
Alex
Sep 24, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
I wanted an expansive survey and that is what I got. It dwells a lot on minutiae of governance and things like that, but to get the basics of a huge topic, it does a great job. Can be dry reading.
Mike Anderson
Jan 02, 2011 Mike Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Greek and Roman Scholars
Shelves: history-greece
Takes you from the origin of Civilization to 670 A.D. Gives the big picture of the ancient western world.
Rob Shurmer
Jul 15, 2015 Rob Shurmer rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient
Good intro level coverage. Clear, straight-forward prose.
Angela Fader
Jul 18, 2014 Angela Fader rated it really liked it
While this book is full of information, some paragraphs are too dense making it difficult to read in sections. Overall, a great read and one of my (few) favorite non-fiction books.
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Aug 10, 2010 Lettie Laferriere rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient-history
Read this for a class at WSU.
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