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 Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece
Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece
Author: Mireille M. Lee
Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece
Cambridge University Press
2015
Format: PDF
Size: 11.9 Mb
Language: English

This is the first general monograph on ancient Greek dress in English to be published in more than a century. By applying modern dress theory to the ancient evidence, this book reconstructs the social meanings attached to the dressed body in ancient Greece. Whereas many scholars have focused on individual aspects of ancient Greek dress, from the perspectives of literary, visual, and archaeological sources, this volume synthesizes the diverse evidence and offers fresh insights into this essential aspect of ancient society.

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 Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography
Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography
Author: Peter Green
Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography
University of California Press
ISBN: 0520275861
2013
Format: PDF
Size: 56,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 640
Until recently, popular biographers and most scholars viewed Alexander the Great as a genius with a plan, a romantic figure pursuing his vision of a united world. His dream was at times characterized as a benevolent interest in the brotherhood of man, sometimes as a brute interest in the exercise of power. Green, a Cambridge-trained classicist who is also a novelist, portrays Alexander as both a complex personality and a single-minded general, a man capable of such diverse expediencies as patricide or the massacre of civilians. Green describes his Alexander as "not only the most brilliant (and ambitious) field commander in history, but also supremely indifferent to all those administrative excellences and idealistic yearnings foisted upon him by later generations, especially those who found the conqueror, tout court, a little hard upon their liberal sensibilities." This biography begins not with one of the universally known incidents of Alexander's life, but with an account of his father, Philip of Macedonia, whose many-territoried empire was the first on the continent of Europe to have an effectively centralized government and military. What Philip and Macedonia had to offer, Alexander made his own, but Philip and Macedonia also made Alexander form an important context for understanding Alexander himself. Yet his origins and training do not fully explain the man.

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 A Journey Through Ancient China. From the Neolithic to the Ming
A Journey Through Ancient China. From the Neolithic to the Ming
Author: Wang Fangzi and Nebojsa Tomasevic
A Journey Through Ancient China. From the Neolithic to the Ming
Gallery Books
1985
Format: PDF
Pages: 284
Language: English
Size: 54 MB

A Journey Through Ancient China takes the reader on a voyage of discovery from the Neolithic Age to the Ming Dynasty of the seventeenth century. It is the most lavishly illustrated book to be published on the wonders of Chinese archeology. It reveals and illustrates the ten most remarkable archeological sites unearthed in China since 1949. Spectacular exhibitions of some of these discoveries have circled the globe in the past few years, displaying the unbelievably rich heritage of the oldest continuous civilization on earth-but here in one volume are the most remarkable of these works of art together with those never publicly exhibited.

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 Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide
Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide
Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide
Routledge
Author: Jennifer Larson
2007
Pages: 320
Format: PDF
Size: 3 mb
Language: English

Using archaeological, epigraphic, and literary sources; and incorporating current scholarly theories, this volume will serve as an excellent companion to any introduction to Greek mythology, showing a side of the Greek gods to which most students are rarely exposed.

Detailed enough to be used as a quick reference tool or text, and providing a readable account focusing on the oldest, most widespread, and most interesting religious practices of the ancient Greek world in the Archaic and Classical periods, Ancient Greek Cults surveys ancient Greek religion through the cults of its gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines.

Jennifer Larson conveniently summarizes a vast amount of material in many languages, normally inaccessible to undergrad students, and explores, in detail, the variety of cults celebrated by the Greeks, how these cults differed geographically, and how each deity was conceptualized in local cult titles and rituals.

Including an introductory chapter on sources and methods, and suggestions for further reading this book will allow readers to gain a fresh perspective on Greek religion.

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 Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs
Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs
Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs
Author: Christopher Dunn,
Bear & Company
2010
Pages: 400
Format: PDF
Size: 48 mb
ISBN: 1591431026
Language: English

A unique study of the engineering and tools used to create Egyptian monuments
Presents a stone-by-stone analysis of key Egyptian monuments, including the statues of Ramses II and the tunnels of the Serapeum
Reveals that highly refined tools and mega-machines were used in ancient Egypt
From the pyramids in the north to the temples in the south, ancient artisans left their marks all over Egypt, unique marks that reveal craftsmanship we would be hard pressed to duplicate today. Drawing together the results of more than 30 years of research and nine field study journeys to Egypt, Christopher Dunn presents a stunning stone-by-stone analysis of key Egyptian monuments, including the statue of Ramses II at Luxor and the fallen crowns that lay at its feet. His modern-day engineering expertise provides a unique view into the sophisticated technology used to create these famous monuments in prehistoric times.
Using modern digital photography, computer-aided design software, and metrology instruments, Dunn exposes the extreme precision of these monuments and the type of advanced manufacturing expertise necessary to produce them. His computer analysis of the statues of Ramses II reveals that the left and right sides of the faces are precise mirror images of each other, and his examination of the mysterious underground tunnels of the Serapeum illuminates the finest examples of precision engineering on the planet. Providing never-before-seen evidence in the form of more than 280 photographs, Dunn’s research shows that while absent from the archaeological record, highly refined tools, techniques, and even mega-machines must have been used in ancient Egypt.

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 Swords of the Viking Age
Swords of the Viking Age
Swords of the Viking Age
Author: Ian Peirce
2002
Pages: 160
Format: PDF (OCR)
Size: 30,3 MB
Language: English

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 The Celtic World
The Celtic World
Author: Miranda Green (Editor)
The Celtic World
Routledge
1995
Format: PDF
Size: 25.5 Mb
Language: English

The Celtic World is a detailed and comprehensive study of the Celts from the first evidence of them in the archaeological and historical record to the early post-Roman period. The strength of this volume lies in its breadth - it looks at archaeology, language, literature, towns, warfare, rural life, art, religion and myth, trade and industry, political organisations, society and technology. The Celtic World draws together material from all over pagan Celtic Europe and includes contributions from British, European and American scholars. Much of the material is new research which is previously unpublished.
The book addresses some important issues - Who were the ancient Celts? Can we speak of them as the first Europeans? In what form does the Celtic identity exist today and how does this relate to the ancient Celts?
For anyone interested in the Celts, and for students and academics alike, The Celtic World will be a valuable resource and a fascinating read.

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 The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World
The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World
Author: Cyprian Broodbank
The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2013
Format: epub
Size: 11.5 Mb
Language: English

The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavour. World-class interpretations exist of its Classical and subsequent history, but there has been remarkably little holistic exploration of how its societies, culture and economies first came into being, despite the fact that almost all the fundamental developments originated well before 500 bc. This book is the first full, interpretive synthesis for a generation on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its beginning, before the emergence of our own species, up to the threshold of Classical times. Extensively illustrated and ranging across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans and the origins of farming and metallurgy to the rise of civilizations Egyptian, Levantine, Hispanic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek the book is a masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing.

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 High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture
High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture
Author: Mike Jay
High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture
Park Street Press
2010
Format: pdf, epub
Size: 55 Mb + 32 Mb
Language: English

An illustrated cultural history of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals
• Featuring artwork from the upcoming High Society exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, one of the world’s greatest medical history collections
• Explores the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods
• Reveals how drugs drove the global trade and cultural exchange that made the modern world
• Examines the causes of drug prohibitions a century ago and the current “war on drugs”
Every society is a high society. Every day people drink coffee on European terraces and kava in Pacific villages; chew betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy tablets in the clubs of Amsterdam and opium pills in the deserts of Rajastan; smoke hashish in Himalayan temples and tobacco and marijuana in every nation on earth.
Exploring the spectrum of drug use throughout history--from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals--High Society paints vivid portraits of the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods. From the botanicals of the classical world through the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the synthetic molecules that have transformed our understanding of the brain, Mike Jay reveals how drugs such as tobacco, tea, and opium drove the global trade and cultural exchange that created the modern world and examines the forces that led to the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century ago and the “war on drugs” that rages today.

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 Horrible Histories: The Incredible Incas
Horrible Histories: The Incredible Incas
Author: Terry Deary
Horrible Histories: The Incredible Incas
Scholastic Non Fiction
2012
Format: pdf/epub
Size: 21.7 Mb
Language: English

The incredible Incas may have built South America's greatest civilisation, but they could be very icky indeed! The poor prisoners they pulled up their huge pyramids were likely to experience a very painful death. But things weren't much better for your average Inca. Find out... * How a bucket of stewed pee could make you beautiful * Why servants ate the emperor's hair * What happened in their legendary golden temples * What chilling fate awaited their child sacrifices The Incan Empire ruled 12 million people, but was conquered by 260 Spanish invaders - and a few germs. In fact, it was the llamas who _really_ had it lucky... they got to wear earrings and drink beer! So would you rather be a lucky llama... or an incredible Inca? Erk!

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 Great Ages of Man - Barbarian Europe
Great Ages of Man - Barbarian Europe
Author: Gerald Simons
Great Ages of Man - Barbarian Europe
Time-Life Books
1968
Format: PDF
Pages: 200
Language: English
Size: 42.2 MB

A six-hundred-year history of medieval Europe, covering the spread of Christianity to barbaric tribes; the rise of parliamentary government and the stabilization of nation states; the development of court and jury justice; the revival and expansion of trade; the growth of towns, feudal life, and education; and the new trends in art and architecture.

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 Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece (Ancient Civilizations)
Author: Diane Bailey
Essential Library
Ancient Civilizations
2015
ISBN-13: 978-1624035388
Pages: 112
Language: English
Format: PDF (True)
Size: 20 MB

Ancient Greece was a civilization belonging to a period of Greek history that lasted from the Archaic period of the 8th to 6th centuries BC to the end of antiquity (c. 600 AD). Immediately following this period was the beginning of the Early Middle Ages and the Byzantine era.[1] Included in ancient Greece is the period of Classical Greece, which flourished during the 5th to 4th centuries BC. Classical Greece began with the repelling of a Persian invasion by Athenian leadership. Because of conquests by Alexander the Great of Macedonia, Hellenistic civilization flourished from Central Asia to the western end of the Mediterranean Sea.

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 The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome /
Author: Chris Scarre
Penguin Books
1995
Pages: 144
ISBN: 0-670-86464-1
Format: pdf
Quality: Good
Language: English
Size: 17,69 mb

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome is an introduction to the Roman Empire based on maps. The Romans themselves made maps of their empire, though little of these have survived apart from the so-called Peutingcr Table (a medieval copy) and fragments such as the marble map of Rome. It is other sources, then, which have been used to compile the present volume, and they arc of broadly two kinds: historical and literary on the one hand (what the Romans said about themselves), and archaeological and architectural on the other.

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 The Vikings: The Story of a People
The Vikings: The Story of a People
Author: Njord Kane
The Vikings: The Story of a People
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
2014
Format: epub, pdf (conv.)
Size: 2.7 Mb, 3 Mb
Language: English

Definitively tracing the Story of the Vikings from the early Nordic Stone Age civilizations to the Age of Viking Expansion by the Norsemen. A span of some thousands of years are concisely covered in one volume in a thorough study in the evolution the Norse people. A whole new world of understanding about the ancient Vikings has been opened up by new archaeological discoveries and studies. The story of Ragnar Lothbrok is told along with many other famous Vikings such as Rollo and Erik the Red. A ride to the very Halls of Valhalla as seen from an anthropological perspective. Technologies specific to the Norse are looked at and explained. Easy to read and very interesting. Providing first a quick overview then a chapter by chapter journey through major events in Norse history then concluding with a separated portion that highlights major aspects in Norse knowledge and technology. Discussed are possible theories about some aspects in Norse religion that may have some truth behind the Myths, in addition to people that the Vikings had made contact with – lost in time.

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 The History of the Incas
The History of the Incas
The History of the Incas
University of Texas Press
Author: Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Brian S. Bauer, Vania Smith and Jean-Jacques Decoster
2007
Pages: 284
Format: PDF
Size: 10 mb
Language: English

The History of the Incas may be the best description of Inca life and mythology to survive Spanish colonization of Peru. Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, a well-educated sea captain and cosmographer of the viceroyalty, wrote the document in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire, just forty years after the arrival of the first Spaniards. The royal sponsorship of the work guaranteed Sarmiento direct access to the highest Spanish officials in Cuzco. It allowed him to summon influential Incas, especially those who had witnessed the fall of the Empire. Sarmiento also traveled widely and interviewed numerous local lords (curacas), as well as surviving members of the royal Inca families. Once completed, in an unprecedented effort to establish the authenticity of the work, Sarmiento's manuscript was read, chapter by chapter, to forty-two indigenous authorities for commentary and correction.

The scholars behind this new edition (the first to be published in English since 1907) went to similarly great lengths in pursuit of accuracy. Translators Brian Bauer and Vania Smith used an early transcript and, in some instances, the original document to create the text. Bauer and Jean-Jacques Decoster's introduction lays bare the biases Sarmiento incorporated into his writing. It also theorizes what sources, in addition to his extensive interviews, Sarmiento relied upon to produce his history. Finally, more than sixty new illustrations enliven this historically invaluable document of life in the ancient Andes.

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 The Writing Systems Of The World
The Writing Systems Of The World
The Writing Systems Of The World
Author: Florian Coulmas
Blackwell
1991
Pages: 302
Format: DjVu
Size: 59 Mb
Language: English

This book is an account of the writing systems of the world from earliest times to the present. Its aim is to explore the complex ways in which writing systems relate to the language they depict. Writing, Coulmas contends, is not only the guide or garment of spoken language, but has a deep and lasting effect on the development of language itself. His study takes in Egyptian hieroglyphics and the cuneiform system of the ancient Near East; he describes Chinese writing, discussing why an apparently cumbersome system has been used continuously for more than 3,000 years; he ranges across the writing systems of western Asia and the Middle East, the Indian families and the various alphabetic traditions which had its origins in the multifarious world of Semitic writing and came to full bloom in pre-Classical Greece.

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 Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires
Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires
Author:
Walter Scheidel
Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires (Repost)
O/rd U,..ty P.ess
2009
Pages: 257
ISBN: 0195336909
Format: PDF
Size: 3 mb
Language: English
Quality: Good


Two thousand years ago, up to one-half of the human species was contained within two political systems, the Roman empire in western Eurasia (centered on the Mediterranean Sea) and the Han empire in eastern Eurasia (centered on the great North China Plain). Both empires were broadly comparable in terms of size and population, and even largely coextensive in chronological terms (221 BCE to 220 CE for the Qin/Han empire, c. 200 BCE to 395 CE for the unified Roman empire). At the most basic level of resolution, the circumstances of their creation are not very different. In the East, the Shang and Western Zhou periods created a shared cultural framework for the Warring States, with the gradual consolidation of numerous small polities into a handful of large kingdoms which were finally united by the westernmost marcher state of Qin. In the Mediterranean, we can observe comparable political fragmentation and gradual expansion of a unifying civilization, Greek in this case, followed by the gradual formation of a handful of major warring states (the Hellenistic kingdoms in the east, Rome-Italy, Syracuse and Carthage in the west), and likewise eventual unification by the westernmost marcher state, the Roman-led Italian confederation. Subsequent destabilization occurred again in strikingly similar ways: both empires came to be divided into two halves, one that contained the original core but was more exposed to the main barbarian periphery (the west in the Roman case, the north in China), and a traditionalist half in the east (Rome) and south (China).

These processes of initial convergence and subsequent divergence in Eurasian state formation have never been the object of systematic comparative analysis. This volume, which brings together experts in the history of the ancient Mediterranean and early China, makes a first step in this direction, by presenting a series of comparative case studies on clearly defined aspects of state formation in early eastern and western Eurasia, focusing on the process of initial developmental convergence. It includes a general introduction that makes the case for a comparative approach; a broad sketch of the character of state formation in western and eastern Eurasia during the final millennium of antiquity; and six thematically connected case studies of particularly salient aspects of this process.

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 Greek Myths
Greek Myths
Greek Myths (DK Readers Level 3)
Author: Deborah Lock
Dorling Kindersley
2008
Pages 48
ISBN: 1405332816
Format: PDF
Size: 10 MB
Language English
Helps your child learn to read and encourage a life-long love of reading whilst learning about Ancient Greece. From heroic warriors battling monsters, to the fantastic legends of gods and goddesses, this title helps your child learn about Ancient Greece through exciting stories

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 Time Frame BC 600-400 - A Soaring Spirit
Time Frame BC 600-400 - A Soaring Spirit
Author: Collective
Time Frame BC 600-400 - A Soaring Spirit
Time-Life Books
1987
Format: PDF
Pages: 182
Language: English
Size: 18.5 MB

Join Time-Life Books on a wonderful photographic journey exploring the history of The Fearsome Celts, Persia at the Crest, Buddha's Message, The Hellenic Unfolding, Dawn of the Romans and The Way of Confucius.

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