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 Heroes and Heroines of Greece and Rome
Heroes and Heroines of Greece and Rome
Author: Marshall Cavendish
Heroes and Heroines of Greece and Rome
Marshall Cavendish Corporation
2001
ISBN: 076147952X
Language: English
Pages: 320
Format: PDF
Size: 54,44 МБ
This book explores many heroes and heroines of the Greek and Roman civilizations.

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 Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, outlaws, slaves, gladiators, ordinary men and women ... the Romans that history forgot
Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, outlaws, slaves, gladiators, ordinary men and women ... the Romans that history forgot
Author: Robert Knapp
Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, outlaws, slaves, gladiators, ordinary men and women ... the Romans that history forgot
Profile Books
2011
Format: pdf/epub/mobi
Size: 14.9 Mb
Language: English

Robert Knapp seeks out the ordinary people who formed the fabric of everyday life in ancient Rome and the outlaws and pirates who lay beyond it. They are the housewives, prostitutes, freedmen, slaves, soldiers, and gladiators who lived commonplace lives and left almost no trace in history - until now. But their words are preserved in literature, letters, inscriptions and graffiti and their traces can be found in the histories, treatises, plays and poetry created by the elite. A world lost from view for two millennia is recreated through these, and other, tell-tale bits of evidence cast off by the visible mass of Roman history and culture.

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 Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age
Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age
Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age
Author: Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Vladimir A. Bashilov, Leonid T. Yablonsky
Zinat Press Berkeley
1995
ISBN: 1885979002
Pages: 399
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 35 MB

The only survey in English revealing through archaeology the lifestyles of the Scythians, Sauromatians, Sarmatians, and Saka, the earliest nomads in Eurasia.

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 The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
Author: Toby Wilkinson
Random House
ISBN: 0747599491
2010
Pages: 672
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 33.7 mb

The story of Ancient Egypt and the extraordinary civilisation that flourished along the banks of the River Nile can seem like a gorgeous pageant studded with exceptional events. Among them are the building of the pyramids, the conquest of Nubia, Akhenaten's religious revolution, the power and beauty of Nefertiti, the life and death of Tutankhamun, the ruthlessness of Ramesses, Alexander the Great's invasion, and Cleopatra's fatal entanglement with Rome which led to the fall of Ptolemaic Egypt

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 Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The Dynasties of the Ancient Maya
Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The Dynasties of the Ancient Maya
Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The Dynasties of the Ancient Maya
Thames & Hudson
Author: Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube
2008
Pages: 240
Format: PDF
Size: 36 mb
Language: English

"The ideal reference on Maya archaeology." Science News Behind the ancient cities of the Maya and their abandoned artworks lie the turbulent stories of their ruling dynasties. One of the world's greatest and most powerful civilizations, the Maya experienced constant conflict in a landscape divided among numerous kingdoms. Intense rivalries, rapacious conquerors, and repeated dynastic defeat and breakdown are common themes in many tales of this mighty civilization. The ancient Maya remain one of the most vibrant areas of study in world archaeology. Fresh discoveries in the field, together with the ongoing process of hieroglyphic decipherment, mean that information is constantly coming to light. This new version of the only comprehensive, kingdom-by-kingdom history of the ancient Maya brings the story fully up to date with previously unknown rulers and new glyphic readings, as well as additional information on diplomacy and warfare. 366 illustrations, 86 in color

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 Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt
Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt
Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt
Author: Emily Teeter
Cambridge University Press
2011
ISBN: 9780521848558
Pages: 285
Language: English
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 38 MB

This book is a vivid reconstruction of the practical aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. Through an examination of artifacts and inscriptions, the text explores a variety of issues. For example, who was allowed to enter the temples, and what rituals were preformed therein? Who served as priests? How were they organized and trained, and what did they do? What was the Egyptians' attitude toward death, and what happened at funerals? How did the living and dead communicate? In what ways could people communicate with the gods? What impact did religion have on the economy and longevity of the society? This book demystifies Egyptian religion, exploring what it meant to the people and society. The text is richly illustrated with images of rituals and religious objects.

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 Harbottle's Dictionary of Battles
Harbottle's Dictionary of Battles
Author: Thomas Benfield Harbottle
Harbottle's Dictionary of Battles
Van Nostrand Reinhold Company
1981
Format: PDF
Pages: 308
Language: English
Size: 46 MB

Harbottle 's Dictionary offers the key facts to all the major battles fought in the world. Each entry gives the date of the battle and the war during which it was fought, identifies the opposing sides, and describes the outcome. In addition, Mr. Bruce has carefully crossreferenced the Dictionary to indicate, where appropriate, other battles associated with each entry.

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 Karaites in Byzantium: The Formative Years, 970-1100
Karaites in Byzantium: The Formative Years, 970-1100
Author: Zvi Ankori
Karaites in Byzantium: The Formative Years, 970-1100
Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0404515975
1968
Format: PDF
Size: 9,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 546
Karaites in Byzantium: The Formative Years, 970-1100

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 The Vandals
The Vandals
Author: Andrew Merrills, Richard Miles
The Vandals
Wiley-Blackwell
2010
Format: PDF
Size: 2.3 Mb
Language: English

The Vandals is the first book available in the English Language dedicated to exploring the sudden rise and dramatic fall of this complex North African Kingdom. This complete history provides a full account of the Vandals and re-evaluates key aspects of the society including:
- Political and economic structures such as the complex foreign policy which combined diplomatic alliances and marriages with brutal raiding
- The extraordinary cultural development of secular learning, and the religious struggles that threatened to tear the state apart
- The nature of Vandal identity from a social and gender perspective.

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 Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
Author: Peter A. Clayton
Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
Thames & Hudson
2001
ISBN: 0500050740
Language: English
Pages: 224
Format: PDF
Size: 211,82 МБ
Who was the first king of ancient Egypt, and who was the last? Which Egyptian queens ruled in their own right? What in fact do we know about the 170 or more pharoahs whose names have down to us? This book sets down in narrative form, using timelines, and other visual aids throughout, all the rulers and dynasties of Egypt in their chronological order, from Narmer, who first united the lands along the Nile, to Cleopatra 3000 years later.

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 The Vikings
The Vikings
Author: Neil Oliver
The Vikings
Pegasus
2013
Format: epub
Size: 36.5 Mb
Language: English

An archaeologist goes beyond the Vikings’ bloody reputation to search for the truth, in a new and groundbreaking history.
The Vikings famously took no prisoners, relished cruel retribution, and prided themselves on their bloodthirsty skills as warriors. But their prowess in battle is only a small part of their story, which stretches from their Scandinavian origins to America in the West and as far as Baghdad in the East. As the Vikings did not write their own history, we have to discover it for ourselves; and that discovery, as Neil Oliver reveals, tells an extraordinary story of a people who, from the brink of destruction, reached a quarter of the way around the globe and built an empire that lasted nearly two hundred years.
Drawing on the latest discoveries that have only recently come to light, Scottish archaeologist Neil Oliver goes on the trail of the real Vikings. Where did they emerge from? How did they really live? And just what drove them to embark on such extraordinary voyages of discovery over 1,000 years ago? The Vikings: A New History explores many of those questions for the first time in an epic story of one of the world's great empires of conquest.

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 Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers
Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers
Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers (Lost Civilizations Series)
Time-Life Books
1992
Format: PDF
Pages: 176
Language: English
Size: 22.7 MB

Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers is one of twenty-four volumes in the Time-Life book series Lost Civilizations. This series explores the worlds of the past, using the finds of archaeologists and other scientists to bring ancient peoples and their cultures vividly to life. This volume describes the archaeology of pre-Columbian North America with an emphasis on the Eastern Woodlands and the Southwest. Chapters One and Two reveal the Adena, Hopewell, and Mississippian cultures of the Eastern Woodlands. These cultures are known as Mound Builder societies as they constructed large earthen mounds for burial, religious, and ceremonial purposes. Many of these mounds are in the shapes of animals or unique geometric figures. These cultures flourished from around 500 B.C. to A.D. 1500. The Sinagua, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Anasazi cultures of the Southwest are described in Chapters Three and Four; these cultures flourished from around 200 and 1450 A.D. and are collectively known as Cliff Dwellers, though the term more accurately applies only to the Anasazi. Numerous photographs of artifacts, ruins, and archaeological sites enhance the narrative. In conclusion, Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers is a great depiction of the pre-Columbian archaeology of North America. Includes maps, index, and bibliography. Highly recommended.

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 The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World
The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World
Author: Walter Scheidel (Editor), Ian Morris (Editor), Richard P. Saller (Editor)
The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World
Cambridge University Press
2008
Pages: 958
ISBN: 978-0521780537
Language: English
Size: 26.3 mb
Format: PDF
In this, the first comprehensive one-volume survey of the economies of classical antiquity, twenty-eight chapters summarise the current state of scholarship in their specialised fields and sketch new directions for research. The approach taken is both thematic, with chapters on the underlying determinants of economic performance, and chronological, with coverage of the whole of the Greek and Roman worlds extending from the Aegean Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The contributors move beyond the substantivist-formalist debates that dominated twentieth-century scholarship and display a new interest in economic growth in antiquity. New methods for measuring economic development are developed, often combining textual and archaeological data that have previously been treated separately. This important work represents a major advance in our understanding of the economic expansion that made the civilisation of the classical Mediterranean world possible.

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 The Literature of Ancient Sumer
The Literature of Ancient Sumer
Author:Edited by The late Jeremy Black, Graham Cunningham, Eleanor Robson, and Gábor Zólyomi
The Literature of Ancient Sumer
Oxford University Press
2004
Format: pdf
Size: 3.51 MB
Language: English

This anthology of Sumerian literature constitutes the most comprehensive collection ever published, and includes examples of most of the different types of composition written in the language, from narrative myths and lyrical hymns to proverbs and love poetry. The translations have benefited both from the work of many scholars and from our ever-increasing understanding of Sumerian. In addition to reflecting the advances made by modern scholarship, the translations are written in clear, accessible English. An extensive introduction discusses the literary qualities of the works, the people who created and copied them in ancient Iraq, and how the study of Sumerian literature has evolved over the last 150 years.

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 A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
Author: J. C. McKeown
A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
Oxford University Press
2013
304
Format: EPUB
Size: 22 MB
Language: English

The ancient Greeks were a wonderful people. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and many forms of art and branches of science would be inconceivable without their influence. And yet, they were capable of the most outlandish behavior, preposterous beliefs, and ludicrous opinions.

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 Early Dynastic Egypt
Early Dynastic Egypt
Early Dynastic Egypt
Author: Wilkinson T.A.H.
Routledge
1999
Pages: 373
ISBN: 0-415-18633-1
Format: pdf
Quality: Good
Language: English
Size: 4,89 mb

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 Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East
Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East
Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East
Author: Meyers / Мейерс
Oxford University Press, USA
1996
Pages: 2600
Format: PDF
Language: English
Size: 256,84 mb

In more than 1,100 entries, leading archaeologists, historians, and linguists present the results of the latest scholarship on the Ancient Near East...More than 650 drawings, plans, maps and photographs illustrate the articles, while regional maps, and an extensive index...ass to the utility of the work. Both scholar and interested layman alike will consult with profit this important contribution to the study of the Ancient Near East.

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 Bronze Age Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe
Bronze Age Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe
Author: Gimbutas M.
Bronze Age Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe
Paris, London: Mouton & Co
1965
Pages: 774
Format: pdf
Size: 42 mb
Language: English

"This volume should not be considered Part II of the author's Prehistory of Eastern Europe (1956). Since it was central Europe that played the formative role on the continent during the Bronze Age, the present monograph takes on a wider scope and is independent of the former book.
This monograph is meant for the student of European archaeology, not for the lay reader. This year is not yet the date for a fluently readable book on the Bronze Age of Europe to appear. We are in the period of a "gold rush" of discovery. The spontaneity of research and the increasing accumulation of archaeological material exists without being evaluated, analysis and synthesis always being behind the pace of excavation. My task, therefore, was to summarize and evaluate the first hand sources of about fifteen countries. I believed that drawing together as much information as possible in order to make the complicated cultural history of the second millennium B.c. more understandable, could not be postponed.
Unfortunately, the book must appear before the new dating techniques, particularly the Carbon 14 method, could become of wider use in central and eastern Europe, and before the results of the analyses of metal objects have been published. I release this work without the feeling that it is as I wished it to be, but in writing this sort of monograph I hoped to help the younger members of the family of archaeologists by making the heretofore unknown sources accessible and summarized in a familiar language, as well as bringing forward new facts, concepts, hypotheses, classifications, and labels."

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 Time Frame AD 600-800 - The March of Islam
Time Frame AD 600-800 - The March of Islam
Author: Collective
Time Frame AD 600-800 - The March of Islam
Time-Life Books
1988
Format: PDF
Pages: 182
Language: English
Size: 28.8 MB

Looks at the seventh and eighth centuries in Arabia, Byzantium, Europe, China and Japan, and discusses the role religion played in each culture.

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