By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor
Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context offers a chronological creation to the heritage of historic Mediterranean civilizations in the greater context of its modern Eurasian world.
- Innovative technique organizes Greek and Roman background right into a unmarried chronology
- Combines the conventional old tale with matters which are primary to trendy examine into the traditional international together with a number of social, cultural, and political topics
- Facilitates an figuring out of the traditional Mediterranean international as a harmony, simply because the Mediterranean international is in its flip awarded as a part of a bigger whole
- Covers the whole historical Mediterranean international from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
- Features a various number of photographs, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to help comprehension
- English translation of a widely known Dutch booklet, De oudheid, now in its 3rd edition
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