By Charles Freeman
Lengthy resources of poser, mind's eye, and notion, the myths and background of the traditional Mediterranean have given upward thrust to inventive, non secular, cultural, and highbrow traditions that span the centuries. during this distinct and finished advent to the region's 3 significant civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome attracts a desirable photo of the deep hyperlinks among the cultures around the Mediterranean and explores the ways that those civilizations stay influential to today. starting with the emergence of the earliest Egyptian civilization round 3500 BC, Charles Freeman follows the background of the Mediterranean over a span of 4 millennia to advert six hundred, past the autumn of the Roman empire within the west to the emergence of the Byzantine empire within the east. as well as the 3 nice civilizations, the peoples of the traditional close to East and different lesser-known cultures equivalent to the Etruscans, Celts, Persians, and Phoenicians are explored. the writer examines the artwork, structure, philosophy, literature, and non secular practices of every tradition, set opposed to its social, political, and financial heritage. greater than an outline of the first political or army occasions, Egypt, Greece, and Rome can pay specific cognizance to the particular lives of either the standard individual and the aristocracy: here's heritage delivered to lifestyles. specifically extraordinary are the readable and stimulating profiles of key members in the course of the historic global, overlaying folks from Homer to Horace, the Pharaoh Akhenaten to the emperor Augustus, Alexander the nice to Julius Caesar, Jesus to Justinian, and Aristotle to Augustine. Generously illustrated in either colour and black-and-white, and drawing at the latest scholarship, Egypt, Greece and Rome is a wonderful creation for a person looking a greater realizing of the civilizations of the traditional Mediterranean and their legacy to the West.
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