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Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195378382
ISBN-10: 0195378385
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"All in all, this text does many things a modern text should do - it provides excellent standard content coverage for the time period, it teaches students about the methodology of history, it illustrates that our knowledge of the events of history was not decided by historians centuries ago but instead is constantly evolving, it fits the ancient world into a more global perspective, and it helps students relate to the past. What more could an instructor want in a text?" --Jan S. Pisani, Ferris State University

About the Author

Ralph W. Mathisen has appointments in History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include ecclesiastical history, barbarian studies, late Latin literature, prosopography, numismatics, and the society, culture, and religion of Late Antiquity. He has authored, coauthored, or edited thirteen books and has published more than ninety scholarly articles. He is Editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity and Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity, Director of the Biographical Database for Late Antiquity Project, and a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195378385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195378382
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Well, perhaps the blurb on the back cover is a little overblown. I would not really characterise this as 'the most thought-provoking, contemporary and engaging survey of the ancient world'. But the text is certainly gracefully written. Entirely accessible to a reader with a high school education. The task is grand - to summarise the salient aspects of the societies that arose around the Mediterranean over several millennia. From the Hebrews to the Aegean polities and others. The discussion is necessarily limited by space considerations. However, you should be able to quickly understand the main historical events.

Much care has also gone into the choices of the many illustrations that supplement the text. The few colour plates are quite vivid. Especially when several of these are of ruins, as they now exist. The reader is left to contemplate how even more impressive they would have looked year earlier.
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I'm about 4 weeks into using it for class and already a total of about 30 pages is torn out from it
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cory Humphreys on February 11, 2012
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Just a basic text book, nothing fancy about it at all so if it is for a class just get it. Nothing else to say.
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