By Michael Scott
Tom Holland, writer of Dynasty and Rubicon
Twenty-five-hundred years in the past, civilizations worldwide entered a progressive new period that overturned previous order and laid the basis for our global this present day. within the face of big social alterations throughout 3 continents, radical new different types of executive emerged; strong wars have been fought over exchange, faith, and beliefs; and new faiths have been ruthlessly hired to unify tremendous 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 distinct age in human civilization, exhibiting how assorted societies replied to comparable pressures and the way they inspired each other: via conquest and conversion, via alternate in humans, items, and ideas.
An formidable reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds finds new truths approximately our universal human heritage.
"A daring and ingenious page-turner that demanding situations rules in regards to the international of antiquity."
Peter Frankopan, writer of The Silk Roads
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As noted above, he saw himself as a wolf among hounds – hounds that might bite him hard, if so riled. According to some sources, he was also sufficiently skilled in dispensing the favours of political office as to let slip his plans for debt cancellation to certain friends, who promptly bought land with large mortgages – debts that were soon declared void, leaving those men as rich and unencumbered land-owners. Solon left Athens not long after his reforms were enacted and his laws written up on wooden tablets for display in the agora – the large open market space at the base of the Acropolis, a daily meeting and trading point for most Athenians.
To research such a vast expanse of history requires access to some of the great library institutions in the UK and abroad. I have been privileged to work in the British Library, London Library and Institute of Classical Studies Library in London; the University Library and Classics Faculty Library in Cambridge; the Sackler and Bodleian Libraries in Oxford; the University Library in Warwick; the British School at Athens library in Greece; as well as the Green Library at Stanford University in California.
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. 200 BCE 7. The Era of Constantine c. 306-337 CE 8. Central Asia, India and China c. 4th Century CE List of Plate Illustrations 1. Marble bust of Solon, Athenian law-maker and poet.
Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity by Michael Scott