by Albert Malet

Description: A comprehensive introduction to the ancient civilizations that arose in the Mediterranean Basin, with special emphasis on how geographical features shaped their development. The book is divided into three sections: The Eastern Empire, Greece, and Rome. In the first section the reader encounters the civilizations of Egypt, Chaldea, Assyria, Phoenicia, and Persia, learning not only the basis of each civilization but how they interacted with each other and how they changed over time. In the second section on Greece, the rivalry between Athens and Sparta is highlighted, showing clearly the highly divergent cultures of Athens and Sparta, followed by the rise of Alexander the Great and the conquest of Asia. Turning to Rome, the reader experiences the growth of Rome from its early days to the establishment of the republic, then the rise of the Roman Empire and its eventual decline. Ambitions of leading figures are clearly articulated, along with the strategies they used to achieve their ends. Throughout the narrative the author relates findings that expand our understanding of the ancient world — archaeological discoveries in Troy, Egypt, and Pompeii — and traces the development of things as foundational to our civilization as our alphabet and our form of government. This is the rare history book that is a joy to read, that provokes thought on a number of levels, and that uses language that is often arresting, as when he repeats the words of an Arabian conqueror: "Egypt is in succession a mud field, a sea of fresh water, and a flower garden."

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Ages:  11-18
Length:  370 pages
Format:  Paperback
Illustrations:  Black and white
Year published:  2021
ISBN:  978-1-63334-139-5
Genres:  World History

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Table of Contents

1. Egypt
2. Egyptian Society
3. Chaldaea and Assyria
4. Chaldaean and Assyrian Society
5. Phoenicia
6. Persia
7. The Early Greeks
8. Gods and Heroes
9. Sparta
10. Athens
11. The Greek Colonies
12. Wars with the Medes and Persians
13. Athenian Civilisation
14. The Decay of Athens

15. Macedonia
16. The Conquest of Asia
17. Primitive Italy
18. The Beginning of Rome
19. The Religion of Rome
20. The Roman Army
21. The Roman Conquests
22. The Private Life of Rome
23. The Public Life of Rome
24. Internal Troubles
25. The Conquest of Gaul
26. The Rise of the Empire
27. The Pax Romana
28. The Decline of Rome

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