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By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

ISBN-10: 1444351389

ISBN-13: 9781444351385

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context presents a chronological creation to the background of old Mediterranean civilizations in the greater context of its modern Eurasian world.

  • Innovative method organizes Greek and Roman historical past right into a unmarried chronology
  • Combines the conventional old tale with topics which are primary to fashionable study into the traditional global together with a number social, cultural, and political topics
  • Facilitates an realizing of the traditional Mediterranean global as a cohesion, simply because the Mediterranean international is in its flip offered as a part of a bigger whole
  • Covers the total historical Mediterranean international from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
  • Features a various selection of photos, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to help comprehension
  • English translation of a widely known Dutch publication, De oudheid, now in its 3rd edition

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It is a period in prehistory and ancient history that, like the Neolithic, began in different regions at different times. Roughly at the same time or just a little earlier, in the later part of the 4th millennium BC, another invention made its appearance here as a result of a—for us—rather obscure development: the use of script. These two great inventions, as well as others, were in a sense the result of the big step that had been the genesis of the first urban civilization. For it was the cities that provided the required concentration of population that in its turn made possible an ongoing specialization of labor, creating the space and leisure for innovations and inventions.

Every population answers to some general rules. Even if our sparse sources barely allow us to describe any ancient population in some detail, we can at least indicate within which parameters those populations will have developed. Exactitude is beyond bounds: human fertility and life expectancy are influenced by many factors, such as the environment, food and water supply, hygiene and the prevalence of disease, housing, the duration of breast feeding, the norms or laws concerning marriage age, birth control, abortion and infanticide, and so on.

The Mesolithic is the era in which tools become smaller, more refined, and more specialized. But, of course, the true importance of the period lies in the slow evolution toward a completely new phase of human culture, the phase characterized by sedentary communities that practice agriculture. 31 32 Before 900 BC Neolithic Beginning of the Neolithic in the Near East Around 10,000 BC, in Eurasia, the ice of the last Ice Age gradually began to withdraw toward the North Pole and to the higher regions of the Alps and the great Asian mountain chains.

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