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Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean [Kindle Edition]

Charles Freeman
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'This book is not only enjoyable but comprehensive in its description of the richness and complexity of the classical past.' Anglo-Hellenic Review 'It is impossible not to be impressed by the author's sheer staying-power ... this is a triumph of tenacity; a skilful exercise in the compression of the past ... No one can deny Freeman's enthusiasm and his concern that a survey volume ... "provide the springboard into further study of these fascinating societies."' TLS 'There is so much that is impressive about this book, and for so many different levels of experience and subject requirement ... a wide-ranging book, suitable for a wide range of students.' JACT Review

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Long sources of mystery, imagination, and inspiration, the myths and history of the ancient Mediterranean have given rise to artistic, religious, cultural, and intellectual traditions that span the centuries. In this unique and comprehensive introduction to the region's three major civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome draws a fascinating picture of the deep links between the cultures across the Mediterranean and explores the ways in which these civilizations continue to be influential to this day.
Beginning with the emergence of the earliest Egyptian civilization around 3500 BC, Charles Freeman follows the history of the Mediterranean over a span of four millennia to AD 600, beyond the fall of the Roman empire in the west to the emergence of the Byzantine empire in the east. In addition to the three great civilizations, the peoples of the Ancient Near East and other lesser-known cultures such as the Etruscans, Celts, Persians, and Phoenicians are explored. The author examines the art, architecture, philosophy, literature, and religious practices of each culture, set against its social, political, and economic background. More than an overview of the primary political or military events, Egypt, Greece, and Rome pays particular attention to the actual lives of both the everyday person and the aristocracy: here is history brought to life. Especially striking are the readable and stimulating profiles of key individuals throughout the ancient world, covering persons from Homer to Horace, the Pharaoh Akhenaten to the emperor Augustus, Alexander the Great to Julius Caesar, Jesus to Justinian, and Aristotle to Augustine.
Generously illustrated in both color and black-and-white, and drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship, Egypt, Greece and Rome is a superb introduction for anyone seeking a better understanding of the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and their legacy to the West.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11681 KB
  • Print Length: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (14 Nov 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #546,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This book covers vast areas of ancient history: Egypt, Greece and Rome along with other ancient lands, political, social and art history, religions, literature and so forth. This is not an old-fashioned history book about rulers and wars, neither does it concentrate solely on social history and culture without giving political background to cultural developments. Rather the book covers variety aspects and provides a broad view to its subject, which is the major strength of the book.
The strength of the book is, perhaps inevitably, its major weakness. By attempting to cover such varied areas the book often lacks in depth and specialised knowledge. Sometimes one has to struggle through fairly dull lists of events, dates, people, with explanations that I sometimes found too brief to adequately explain developments and factors behind. Sometimes one gets an impression that the author has not thoroughly analysed his information, but rather repeats other scholars in an abridged, sometimes even slightly erroneous manner.
To be fair with the author, no one person can be expected to have expertise on all these areas. A more in-depth analysis would probably have meant a narrower focus or would have made the book too long. As a scholar in one aspect of ancient world, I think the book serves well by offering a comprehensive view to ancient history, and as a reference book for checking dates, names and developments in ancient history.
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An excellent summary of the ancient Mediterranean history...One of the best books I've read last year. It talks about the rise of these cultures, how they developed, what lead them to the fall of their power and most interesting of all how they influenced each other for ages. It's a great read, it covers political, social as well as religious aspects of the ancient times. From how the the Egyptian goddess Isis is reflected on the Greek pottery to how a lot of the Greek architecture and sculpture was absorbed by Rome, it's all here!
It's easy to read, so don't get intimitated by the volume. The language is easy, the content fascinating. Only after you've read this book, can you fully appreciate the civilisation that had been built in that age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good review 11 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
not read fully but came with excellent recommendation from friend in book group- lot of reading to get through and heavy content
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject 5 May 2011
There is a huge amount of information here, but it is still readable and accessible. For the general reader who is seriously interested in the subject, or perhaps (as I was) going on holiday to the Middle East, this is the best modern history to use.
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An excellent book. I am a fan of Charles Freeman, he writes very interestingly for the non specialist. Lots of stories told round a detailed knowledge of the history. What could just be a dry series of names and dates really comes to life.
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