Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity by Michael Scott

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"As panoramic because it is realized, this is often historical heritage for our globalized world."
Tom Holland, writer of Dynasty and Rubicon

Twenty-five-hundred years in the past, civilizations world wide entered a progressive new period that overturned previous order and laid the root for our global this day. within the face of big social alterations throughout 3 continents, radical new different types of govt emerged; robust wars have been fought over exchange, faith, and beliefs; and new faiths have been ruthlessly hired to unify enormous empires. The histories of Rome and China, Greece and India-the tales of Constantine and Confucius, Qin Shi Huangdi and Hannibal-are right here printed to be interconnected incidents in the middle of a better drama.

In Ancient Worlds, historian Michael Scott provides a gripping narrative of this special age in human civilization, displaying how diversified societies replied to related pressures and the way they inspired each other: via conquest and conversion, via alternate in humans, items, and concepts.

An bold reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds unearths new truths approximately our universal human heritage.

"A daring and imaginitive page-turner that demanding situations rules concerning the global of antiquity."
Peter Frankopan, writer of The Silk Roads

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Armenian, Pali and Sanskrit) have been transcribed using their most well-recognised English counterparts, again with key terms and literary titles italicised. List of Maps 1. (Front endpapers) Mediterranean to China c. 300 BCE 2. Mediterranean c. 509-490 BCE 3. China in ‘Late Spring and Autumn Period’ c. Hegemony of Wu 506–496 BCE 4. Campaigns of Hannibal and Territories of Contemporaneous Young Rulers c. 200 BCE 5. Eastern Hemisphere c. 200 BCE 6. Seleucid Empire, Greco-Bactria, Mauryan India c.

The ancient world’ has become an accepted shorthand for a very narrow zone of human interaction, centred around a single sea: our self-imposed boundaries have lured us into mistaking a part for the whole. 31 Such a narrow focus must look bizarre to any onlooker, when we can point to the testimonies of men such as Megasthenes who engaged with a larger world that they perceived as fundamentally linked (in this case, by shared gods and heroes) to their own. That Chandragupta’s court had a special department to handle foreign visitors surely ought to make us painfully aware that our highly delineated approach to history simply does not represent the reality of our past.

G. Armenian, Pali and Sanskrit) have been transcribed using their most well-recognised English counterparts, again with key terms and literary titles italicised. List of Maps 1. (Front endpapers) Mediterranean to China c. 300 BCE 2. Mediterranean c. 509-490 BCE 3. China in ‘Late Spring and Autumn Period’ c. Hegemony of Wu 506–496 BCE 4. Campaigns of Hannibal and Territories of Contemporaneous Young Rulers c. 200 BCE 5. Eastern Hemisphere c. 200 BCE 6. Seleucid Empire, Greco-Bactria, Mauryan India c.

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