An Introduction to the Ancient World by Lukas De Blois, R. J. van der Spek

By Lukas De Blois, R. J. van der Spek

Integrating the result of scholarly paintings from the prior decade, the authors of An creation to the traditional international, Lukas de Blois and R.J. van der Spek, have fully-updated and revised all 16 chapters of this best-selling introductory textbook. masking the historical past and tradition of the traditional close to East, Greece and Rome in the framework of a quick narrative historical past of occasions, this booklet deals an simply readable, built-in review for college kids of background, classics, archaeology and philosophy, even if at school, at undergraduate point or one of the wider studying public.

This revised moment variation deals a brand new part on early Christianity and extra particular details at the religions, economies, and societies of the traditional close to East. there's prolonged insurance of Greek, Macedonian and close to japanese background of the fourth to moment centuries BC and the historical past of the overdue Roman Republic. the results of Julius Caesar’s violent dying are coated in additional aspect, as are the background and society of Imperial Rome.

This new version is:

- entire: covers 3,000 years of historical heritage and offers the foundation for a regular one-semester course

- lavishly illustrated: comprises maps, line drawings and plates to help and complement the textual content, with up-to-date captions

- in actual fact and concisely written: confirmed and revered collage academics with thirty years' adventure within the topic areas

- well-organized: strains the vast define of political heritage but in addition concentrates on specific topics

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He did not destroy Babylon and allowed the worship of Marduk to continue. In this respect Cyrus was, however, behaving in very much the same way as the majority of the Assyrian kings of the past. He was also well-loved by the Jews, who were then living in Babylon in exile; they believed that he had been sent to them by God. After he had conquered Babylon, Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to Judah and to rebuild their temple in Jerusalem. Many Jews made grateful use of this opportunity and in Judah they founded a more or less autonomous temple state ruled by the high priest and a governor, usually a Jew, who was appointed by the Persians.

Egypt temporarily occupied Palestine, only to lose it to the Babylonians shortly after. The Neo-Babylonian empire The Neo-Babylonian empire is often referred to as the “Chaldean empire” because the new dynasty is assumed to have been Chaldean in origin and because Babylonians are often referred to as “Chaldeans” in Jewish, Greek, and Roman texts. Nabopolassar, the founder of the new dynasty, may have come from the south, where many Chaldeans lived, but the kings were never called “Chaldean” in contemporary Babylonian texts.

In those days Babylonian was the language of international relations. Besides this archive various other letters have survived from this period. 6b Fortifications at Tiryns, near Mycenae Notes. Note the remarkable similarity in architecture. Large blocks of stone were fitted together without mortar, like the pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. The arches are false; they do not form a closed span. Greeks of later ages were greatly impressed by the size of the blocks of stone. They used the term “Cyclopean” to describe such masonry.

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