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ISBN-13: 978-0415458276 ISBN-10: 0415458277 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415458277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415458276
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new textbook provides a more analytical overview of ancient political and social systems than is commonly the case. It takes account of the latest scholarship, and the many illustrations, maps, and charts will make this book particularly welcome to the introductory students as will its willingness to discuss ancient culture and issues in private life.
–Ronald Mellor, University of California, Los Angeles

. . . [An Introduction to the Ancient World] takes the reader from Egypt and Mesopotamia right through Greece and Rome to the Empire's end. Its outstanding feature is the wealth of illustrations. Brief, but always to the point.
Greece and Rome

Richly illustrated ..., this text is admirably comprehensive in its scope and breadth ... Of particular interest for those who wish to gain a broad familiarity with the ancient world quickly and to students in survey courses.
Religious Studies Review

Well organize, easily readable and clearly written, it offers some line drawings and a few black-and-white photographs. Best recommended for students in history, classics and archaeology..
The Bibliography of Ancient Egypt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lukas de Blois is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and specialises in Roman and Greek history and ancient historiography. Robartus van der Spek is Professor of Ancient History at the Free University of Amsterdam, and specialises in the history of the ancient Near East.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Wells on November 28, 2006
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This book is a great introduction to the History of the Fertile Crescent, Greece, and Rome. Needless to say, the Romans get the most attention, but the coverage is good all around (Rome lasted longer anyway, right?). The translation into English is clear and, interestingly, flows well; you wouldn't know the book was originally in Dutch unless you read it in the copyright section. This is the text for the Greco-Roman civilization class I took at FSU, and most of the students in there paid like a hundred and twenty dollars for the hardcover edition. Can't say it's that great but buy this paperback if you would like a primer in Ancient History.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G Chiu on October 14, 1998
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I was completly blind to ancient history until I have read this book. This is a great book for beginers. If you have just developed an interest in ancient history and want to know more about then this book is a must read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anders Poulsen on October 19, 2013
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On recieiving it, I could see that I may not be the main costumer for the book.
However, it it certainly a usefull introduction.
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