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By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context offers a chronological advent to the background of historical Mediterranean civilizations in the greater context of its modern Eurasian world.
- cutting edge procedure organizes Greek and Roman historical past right into a unmarried chronology
- Combines the conventional old tale with matters which are vital to trendy learn into the traditional global together with a number of social, cultural, and political topics
- enables an realizing of the traditional Mediterranean international as a harmony, simply because the Mediterranean international is in its flip offered as a part of a bigger whole
- Covers the whole historical Mediterranean global from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
- contains a diversified selection of photographs, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to assist comprehension
- English translation of a widely known Dutch ebook, De oudheid, now in its 3rd version

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For a civilization of some complexity to arise, a greater concentration of population and a more structured social organization are required. Such civilizations could originate in a few exceptional regions where the natural environment demanded a high degree of communal organization and at the same time promised high rewards in the form of exceptionally rich harvests. In or close to Eurasia, that was the case in the river basins of the Euphrates and Tigris, of the Nile, the Indus, and the Huanghe.

Singor.  2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Early Civilizations in Eurasia settlements were made of sun-baked brick covered with a layer of oven-baked tiles. We may call these settlements the oldest cities known, and hence we may speak, from around 3000 BC on, of the first urban civilization. Inventions: The beginning of the Bronze Age From the very beginning, people in Mesopotamia were acquainted not only with the use of polished stone utensils but also with the use of copper for knives and for beads and other ornaments.

A few cities could for some period of time outgrow their hinterland, because of their riches and power, and could become extremely populous despite the fact that in such closely packed cities mortality was high—but this only because there was somewhere else a structural surplus of food and of people with which those cities were fed continuously. Figure 4 The face of the Tollund Man, an Iron Age bog body from Denmark. Bog bodies are human remains found in what once were peat bogs, where the conditions for the preservation of specific kinds of organic material, such as soft body tissue, are exceptionally good.

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