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Richard Miles

Across the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta, awe-inspiring, monstrous ruins are scattered across the landscape - vast palaces, temples, fortresses, shattered statues of ancient gods, carvings praising the eternal power of long-forgotten dynasties. These ruins - the remainder of thousands of years of human civilization - are both inspirational in their grandeur, and terrible in that their once teeming centres of population were all ultimately destroyed and abandoned. In this major book, Richard Miles recreates these extraordinary cities, ranging from the Euphrates to the Roman Empire, to understand the roots of human civilization. His challenge is to make us understand that the cities which define culture, religion and economic success and which are humanity's greatest invention, have always had a cruel edge to them, building systems that have provided both amazing opportunities and back-breaking hardship. This exhilarating book is both a pleasure to read and a challenge to us all to think about our past - and about the present.

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Miranda Smith,Philip Steele

Discover the strangest facts, read incredible information and marvel at the amazing 3D artwork that bring alive the people, places, lives, beliefs, treasures, and battles of the awe-inspiring worlds of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Internet links on every page guide you to fascinating information about these ancient civilizations. This 80-page reference guide pulls together the very best material from the individual titles in the highly successful Navigators information book series. There are 16 Navigators titles covering topics from history, geography, the natural world, and technology.

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Michael Scott

‘A bold and imaginative page-turner that challenges ideas about the world of antiquity.’ Peter Frankopan (The Silk Roads) ‘This vivid and engaging book brings to life some of the most important moments in ancient history, moments that have shaped not only the politics and culture of bygone eras, but the institutions, thoughts and fantasies of our time.’ Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens) ‘As panoramic as it is learned, this is ancient history for our globalised world.' Tom Holland (Dynasty, Rubicon) Acclaimed historian and TV presenter Michael Scott guides us through an epic story spanning ten centuries to create a bold new reading of the classical era for our globalised world. Scott challenges our traditionally western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers and empires that swept across Central Asia to India and China – resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history. With stunning range and richness Ancient Worlds illustrates how the great powers and characters of antiquity shared ambitions and crises, ways of thinking and forms of governing: connections that only grew stronger over the centuries as political systems evolved, mighty armies clashed, universal religions were born and our modern world was foreshadowed. Scott focuses on three epochal ‘moments’ across the ancient globe, and their profound wider significance: from 509-8 BCE (birth of Athenian democracy and Rome’s republic, also the age of Confucius’s teachings in China); to 218 BCE (when Hannibal of Carthage challenged Rome and China saw its first emperor); to 312 CE, when Constantine sought to impose Christianity on the Roman world even as Buddhism was pervading China via the vast trading routes we now know as the ‘Silk Roads.’ A major work of global history, Michael Scott’s enthralling journey challenges the way we think about our past, re-draws the map of the classical age to reveal its hidden connections, and shows us how ancient history has lessons for our own times.

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Michael Scott

"As panoramic as it is learned, this is ancient history for our globalized world." Tom Holland, author of Dynasty and Rubicon Twenty-five-hundred years ago, civilizations around the world entered a revolutionary new era that overturned old order and laid the foundation for our world today. In the face of massive social changes across three continents, radical new forms of government emerged; mighty wars were fought over trade, religion, and ideology; and new faiths were ruthlessly employed to unify vast empires. The histories of Rome and China, Greece and India-the stories of Constantine and Confucius, Qin Shi Huangdi and Hannibal-are here revealed to be interconnected incidents in the midst of a greater drama. In Ancient Worlds, historian Michael Scott presents a gripping narrative of this unique age in human civilization, showing how diverse societies responded to similar pressures and how they influenced one another: through conquest and conversion, through trade in people, goods, and ideas. An ambitious reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds reveals new truths about our common human heritage. "A bold and imaginative page-turner that challenges ideas about the world of antiquity." Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

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Jeffrey Richards

Jeffrey Richards examines the cultural, social, economic and technological circumstances that dictated the rise and decline of each successive cycle of Ancient World epics, from the silent film era, to the "golden age" of the 1950s, right up to the present day (Gladiator, 300, Rome). Analysis reveals that historical films are always as much about the time in which they are made as they are about the time in which they are set. The ancient world is often used to deliver messages to the contemporary audience about the present: hostility to totalitarian regimes both Fascist and Communist, concern at the decline of Christianity, support for the new state of Israel, celebrations of equality and democracy, and concern about changing gender roles. The whole adds up to a fresh look at a body of films that people think they know, but about which they will learn a good deal more.

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Juan A. Barceló,Florencia Del Castillo

This book presents a unique selection of fully reviewed, extended papers originally presented at the Social Simulation Conference 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Only papers on the simulation of historical processes have been selected, the aim being to present theories and methods of computer simulation that can be relevant to understanding the past. Applications range from the Paleolithic and the origins of social life up to the Roman Empire and Early Modern societies. Case studies from Europe, America, Africa and Asia have been selected for publication. The extensive introduction offers a thorough review of the computer simulation of social dynamics in past societies as a means of understanding human history. This book will be of great interest to researchers in the social sciences, archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, and social history.

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Richard J Oldale

There is a misconception about South America. The same can be said about the history of mankind. Combine the two and an entirely different story develops. Journeys to Ancient Worlds asks the questions - and finds the answers - that shatter the illusion of orthodox history. From the sophisticated engineering works of Peru and Bolivia to the extraordinary knowledge of astronomy found in Mesoamerica, this fascinating book serves as a travel guide that takes you on a voyage of discovery – not only of ancient cultures and their “impossible” temples, but of mankind as a species. We have a mysterious relationship with the Universe, and when you learn to connect with nature, you discover a new you. Witty, informative and enlightening, What Modern Man Can Learn From Ancient Civilisations is essential reading for travellers brave enough to explore countries and cultures you know little about – but more importantly, it awakens you to the fact that you have to discover your inner-self!

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G. E. R. Lloyd

Geoffrey Lloyd engages in a wide-ranging exploration of what we can learn from the study of ancient civilisations that is relevant to fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral, that we still face today. How far is it possible to arrive at an understanding of alien systems of belief? Is it possible to talk meaningfully of 'science' and of its various constituent disciplines, 'astronomy', 'geography', 'anatomy', and so on, in the ancient world? Are logic and its laws universal? Is there one ontology - a single world - to which all attempts at understanding must be considered to be directed? When we encounter apparently very different views of reality, how far can that be put down to a difference in conceptions of what needs explaining, or of what counts as an explanation, or to different preferred modes of reasoning or styles of inquiry? Do the notions of truth and belief represent reliable cross-cultural universals? In another area, what can ancient history teachus about today's social and political problems? Are the discourses of human nature and of human rights universally applicable? What political institutions do we need to help secure equity and justice within nation states and between them? Lloyd sets out to answer all these questions, and to convince us that the science and culture of ancient Greece and China provide precious resources to advance modern debates.

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Imagine living in a world where people paid their taxes with chocolate (Aztecs), where schoolchildren wrote their lessons on clay tablets instead of paper (Sumer), or where you could be killed for stepping on your chief’s shadow (Polynesia). These are just a few of the civilizations explored in this compelling and beautifully illustrated atlas. The Atlas of Ancient Worlds is divided into six geographical sections, giving comprehensive coverage of the world’s first societies and cultures. The first section looks at the early Middle East, where the cities of Sumer and Assyria developed. The second focuses on Africa, opening with the pyramids and palaces along the River Nile. The third section looks at Europe from the heroic age of Greece to the military might of the Roman Empire. The next covers Asia including India, the glittering cities of China, and Japan in the age of the Samurai. The fifth section journeys to the colourful kingdoms of the Aztecs and the Maya, the empire of the Incas, and the cliff dwellers of North America. Finally, the Oceania section follows the Polynesian seafarers, warlike Maoris, and the aboriginal people of Australia.

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Anne Millard

An astounding pictorial reference to ancient history explores the origins of writing, crafts, politics, and more with the help of time charts, indexes, and aerial photography of ancient sites.

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Rick Leinecker

This book focuses on the simulation of ecosystems, in particular ancient ecosystems inhabited by dinosaurs. Filled with tips and tricks on developing simulation software, this book is the programmer's guide to developing worlds inhabited with families of dinosaurs. Full source code for the simulators is provided on a disk.

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Anne Millard,Russell Barnett

In this book a time machine transports young readers back more than 5000 years using pictorial maps and lifelike reconstructions to show what life was actually like in ancient times and to highlight the achievements of the great civilizations that have influenced and shaped our modern world.

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Peter Chrisp

Maps, illustrations, and text provide information on ancient cultures, including Egyptian pharaohs, Japanese dynasties, and Peruvian peoples, in a volume organized by continent.