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

ISBN-10: 0415458277

ISBN-13: 9780415458276

Integrating the result of scholarly paintings from the previous decade, the authors of An advent to the traditional global, Lukas de Blois and R.J. van der Spek, have fully-updated and revised all 16 chapters of this best-selling introductory textbook. protecting the background and tradition of the traditional close to East, Greece and Rome in the framework of a brief narrative background of occasions, this e-book deals an simply readable, built-in evaluation for college kids of historical past, classics, archaeology and philosophy, no matter if at school, at undergraduate point or one of the wider examining public.

This revised moment version bargains a brand new part on early Christianity and extra particular info at the religions, economies, and societies of the traditional close to East. there's prolonged assurance of Greek, Macedonian and close to japanese historical past of the fourth to moment centuries BC and the background of the overdue Roman Republic. the implications of Julius Caesar’s violent demise are lined in additional aspect, as are the historical past and society of Imperial Rome.

This re-creation is:

- accomplished: covers 3,000 years of historical historical past and gives the foundation for a standard one-semester course

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

- sincerely and concisely written: validated and revered college lecturers with thirty years' adventure within the topic areas

- well-organized: lines the vast define of political background but additionally concentrates on specific topics

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The Israelites claim to have descended from Abraham, who left Mesopotamia to live in Canaan (Palestine). There he lived the life of a nomad herder. Famine drove Abraham’s grandson Jacob and his twelve sons into Egypt, where the Israelites increased tremendously in number. The pharaoh, however, forced them to work hard for him; they had to help build two new cities in the Delta: Pithom and Raamses. The book of Exodus tells us how the Israelites escaped from Egypt, led by Moses, and how, after a long journey through the desert, they arrived in Canaan (Palestine).

The Babylonians, however, would never have referred to themselves as “Chaldean”; the word “Chaldean” had negative connotations in Assyrian and Babylonian texts. But in the eyes of outsiders the terms “Chaldean” and “Babylonian” increasingly took on the same 40 THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST Median empire c. 660 Neo-Babylon empire of the Chaldeans c. 560 Lydian kingdom c. 560 Assyrian empire c. 2 The Near East in the seventh and sixth centuries BC meaning and they frequently confused the two. Jews, Greeks, and Romans often called Babylonians “Chaldeans” and they even used the term “Chaldeans” to refer to Babylonian priests, diviners, and astrologers, as if it were a technical term.

3 Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and their daughters Notes. The sun disk Aten with the blessing hands is visible in the middle. The rays on the far left and far right bear the symbol of life (“ankh”). Such informal scenes are quite uncommon in Egyptian relief sculpture. to assert his authority. His successor, the well-known Tutankhamun, who had a poor constitution and met with an early death, reverted to the old Egyptian traditions and made Memphis the capital of his realm. The eighteenth dynasty came to an end when three generals successively seized the throne.

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