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Books > Humanities > History > World history > BCE to 500 CE

Researches Into the History of the Roman Constitution (Paperback): Wilhelm Ihne Researches Into the History of the Roman Constitution (Paperback)
Wilhelm Ihne
R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Researches Into the History of the Roman Constitution (Hardcover): Wilhelm Ihne Researches Into the History of the Roman Constitution (Hardcover)
Wilhelm Ihne
R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Historic Notices of Towns in Greece, and in Other Countries, That Have Struck Coins (Paperback): Stephen Weston Historic Notices of Towns in Greece, and in Other Countries, That Have Struck Coins (Paperback)
Stephen Weston
R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Historic Notices of Towns in Greece, and in Other Countries, That Have Struck Coins (Hardcover): Stephen Weston Historic Notices of Towns in Greece, and in Other Countries, That Have Struck Coins (Hardcover)
Stephen Weston
R660 Discovery Miles 6 600 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Scipio Africanus - Greater Than Napoleon (Paperback, Revised): B. Hart Scipio Africanus - Greater Than Napoleon (Paperback, Revised)
B. Hart
R405 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R54 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Scipio Africanus (236-183 B. C.) was one of the most exciting and dynamic leaders in history. As commander, he never lost a battle. Yet it is his adversary, Hannibal, who has lived on in public memory. As B. H. Liddell Hart writes, "Scipio's battles are richer in stratagems and ruses--many still feasible today--than those of any other commander in history." Any military enthusiast or historian will find this to be an absorbing, gripping portrait.

Introduction to Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great down to the Reign of Constantine... Introduction to Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great down to the Reign of Constantine (Hardcover)
B.H. McLean
R2,273 Discovery Miles 22 730 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Greek inscriptions form a valuable resource for the study of every aspect of life and death in the Greco-Roman world. They are primary witnesses to society's laws and institutions; social structures; public cults and private associations; and, of course, language. "An Introduction to Greek Epigraphy" provides students and classicists with the tools to take advantage of the social and historical weight of these treasures.
The book begins by examining letter forms, ancient names, and ancient calendars, knowledge of which is essential in reading inscriptions of all kinds. B. H. McLean discusses the classification of inscriptions into their various categories and analyzes particular types of inscriptions, including decrees, honorary inscriptions, dedications, funerary inscriptions, and manumission inscriptions. Finally, McLean includes special topics that bear upon the interpretation of specific features of inscriptions, such as Greek and Roman administrative titles and functions.
Well-organized and clear as well as insightful and original, McLean's "Introduction to Greek Epigraphy" is an excellent source for beginners, nonspecialists, and specialists alike. The volume will be useful to students and scholars studying epigraphy and to those who study politics, governmental organization, archaeology, and ancient history or culture.
B. H. McLean is Professor of New Testament, Knox College, University of Toronto.

A Human History of Emotion - How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know (Hardcover): Richard Firth-Godbehere A Human History of Emotion - How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know (Hardcover)
Richard Firth-Godbehere
R595 R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Save R92 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days
Christian Persecution in Antiquity (Hardcover): Wolfram Kinzig, Markus Bockmuehl Christian Persecution in Antiquity (Hardcover)
Wolfram Kinzig, Markus Bockmuehl
R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

For centuries into the Common Era, Christians faced social ostracism and suspicion from neighbors and authorities alike. At times, this antipathy erupted into violence. Following Christ was a risky allegiance: to be a Christian in the Roman Empire carried with it the implicit risk of being branded a traitor to cultural and imperial sensibilities. The prolonged experience of distrust, oppression, and outright persecution helped shape the ethos of the Christian faith and produced a wealth of literature commemorating those who gave their lives in witness to the gospel.Wolfram Kinzig, in Christian Persecution in Antiquity, examines the motivations and legal mechanisms behind the various outbursts of violence against Christians, and chronologically tracks the course of Roman oppression of this new religion to the time of Constantine. Brief consideration is also given to persecutions of Christians outside the borders of the Roman Empire. Kinzig analyzes martyrdom accounts of the early church, cautiously drawing on these ancient voices alongside contemporary non-Christian evidence to reconstruct the church's experience as a minority sect. In doing so, Kinzig challenges recent reductionist attempts to dismantle the idea that Christians were ever serious targets of intentional violence. While martyrdom accounts and their glorification of self-sacrifice seem strange to modern eyes, they should still be given credence as historical artifacts indicative of actual events, despite them being embellished by sanctified memory. Newly translated from the German original by Markus Bockmuehl and featuring an additional chapter and concise notes, Christian Persecution in Antiquity fills a gap in English scholarship on early Christianity and offers a helpful introduction to this era for nonspecialists. Kinzig makes clear the critical role played by the experience of persecution in the development of the church's identity and sense of belonging in the ancient world.

Celts: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback): Daniele Vitali Celts: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback)
Daniele Vitali
R540 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R85 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A fascinating, concise and comprehensive description of the rise, glory and fall of the Celtic civilization. Since ancient times, the Celts have been more feared than welcomed. Known to be fierce, indomitable warriors, mercenaries and conquerors, they were in the eyes of the Mediterranean world barbarians par excellence, the enemies of civilization. Sharing a common language and social structure (which supported their warrior ideology), the various Celtic populations of fighting men, farmers, and artisans who never knew political unity over the centuries came to occupy the whole of continental and insular Europe, to the fringes of Asia Minor. The Celts did not build megalithic monuments and left only a few large sculptures comparable with those of the Greek and Etruscan-Italian world. Their art was applied to small objects and the figurative repertoire "not-classical/anticlassical" gave shape to a fantastic, fleeting vision of a very specific nature, reflecting their own spiritual and magico-religious world. Despite the territorial conquests of Rome and other populations, the identity, language, cults and the beliefs of the Celts survived until the dawn of the Middle Ages. Thanks to the transmission of their oral literature, compiled and transcribed by Irish monks, we can intensively explore both the spiritual world and the culture of the Celtic peoples, who were among the most important formative forces in the history of European continent. AUTHOR: Daniele Vitali graduated in Etruscology at the University of Bologna. Since 1998 he has been a professor of Pre- and Protohistory in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna. He is member of UMR 8546 CNRS (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris), a corresponding member of the Institute of Etruscan and Italic Studies and of the Institute of Italian Pre- and Protohistory. Daniele Vitali has held classes and seminars on Celtic-Italian archaeology in major European universities and has directed various international congresses. He continues to direct archaeological excavations at Celtic sites. He directs the University of Bologna's team at the Centre Archeologique Europeen du Mont Beuvray (since 1989), which participates in excavations in Bibracte, and since 2005 he has directed the University of Bologna's team at the Hungarian-French-Italian excavation site on the Great Hungarian Plain. Colour illustrations

Akarnanien, Ambrakia, Amphilochien, Leukas Im Altertum (Hardcover): Eugen Oberhummer Akarnanien, Ambrakia, Amphilochien, Leukas Im Altertum (Hardcover)
Eugen Oberhummer
R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era - Exploring the Background of Early Christianity (Paperback): James S Jeffers The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era - Exploring the Background of Early Christianity (Paperback)
James S Jeffers
R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

What was life like for first-century Christians? Imagine a modest-sized Roman home of a well-to-do Christian household wedged into a thickly settled quarter of Corinth. In the lingering light of a summer evening, men, women and children, merchants, working poor and slaves, a mix of races and backgrounds have assembled in the dimly lit main room are are spilling into the central courtyard. This odd assortment of gathered believers--some thirty in number--are attentive as the newly arrived and travel-weary emissary from Paul reads from the papyrus scroll he has brought from their apostolic mentor. But if you were to be transported to this scene you would perhaps be overwhelmed by a flood of unexpected difference. The voice of the reader recedes as through open windows the din and clamor of the city assault your ears. Hooves clunk and cart wheels grind and echo from the street while drivers shout, vendors call and neighbors gather and converse. And later, as you accompany a family through darkened and dangerous streets to their third-story tenement apartment, you might try to mask your shock at the cramped and unsafe conditions. InThe Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era James Jeffers provides an informative and scenic tour of daily life during the time of Jesus and the apostles. He affords "you-are-there" glimpses of everything from legal codes to dinner foods, from social hierarchy to apartment living, from education to family dynamics. His eye-opening book will advance your understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity and enrich your reading and application of the Bible.

Pantheon - A New History of Roman Religion (Paperback): Joerg Rupke Pantheon - A New History of Roman Religion (Paperback)
Joerg Rupke; Translated by David M. B. Richardson
R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

From one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, an innovative and comprehensive account of religion in the ancient Roman and Mediterranean world In this ambitious and authoritative book, Joerg Rupke provides a comprehensive and strikingly original narrative history of ancient Roman and Mediterranean religion over more than a millennium-from the late Bronze Age through the Roman imperial period and up to late antiquity. While focused primarily on the city of Rome, Pantheon fully integrates the many religious traditions found in the Mediterranean world, including Judaism and Christianity. This generously illustrated book is also distinguished by its unique emphasis on lived religion, a perspective that stresses how individuals' experiences and practices transform religion into something different from its official form. The result is a radically new picture of Roman religion and of a crucial period in Western religion-one that influenced Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and even the modern idea of religion itself.

Incas: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback): Carolina Orsini, Luca Paparelli Incas: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback)
Carolina Orsini, Luca Paparelli
R542 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R86 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Drawing on the latest researches and sources on the subject, the volume seeks to reveal to the general public the historical conditions, reasons and events that led to Incas' success between the 13th and 15th centuries AD in imposing their domination upon the numerous populations native to the vast Andean territory.

Drawing Down the Moon - Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World (Paperback): III Radcliffe G. G. Edmonds III Drawing Down the Moon - Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World (Paperback)
III Radcliffe G. G. Edmonds III
R631 Discovery Miles 6 310 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

An unparalleled exploration of magic in the Greco-Roman world What did magic mean to the people of ancient Greece and Rome? How did Greeks and Romans not only imagine what magic could do, but also use it to try to influence the world around them? In Drawing Down the Moon, Radcliffe Edmonds, one of the foremost experts on magic, religion, and the occult in the ancient world, provides the most comprehensive account of the varieties of phenomena labeled as magic in classical antiquity. Exploring why certain practices, images, and ideas were labeled as "magic" and set apart from "normal" kinds of practices, Edmonds gives insight into the shifting ideas of religion and the divine in the ancient past and later Western tradition. Using fresh approaches to the history of religions and the social contexts in which magic was exercised, Edmonds delves into the archaeological record and classical literary traditions to examine images of witches, ghosts, and demons as well as the fantastic powers of metamorphosis, erotic attraction, and reversals of nature, such as the famous trick of drawing down the moon. From prayer and divination to astrology and alchemy, Edmonds journeys through all manner of ancient magical rituals and paraphernalia-ancient tablets, spell books, bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, and amulets and talismans. He considers the ways in which the Greco-Roman discourse of magic was formed amid the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, including Egypt and the Near East. An investigation of the mystical and marvelous, Drawing Down the Moon offers an unparalleled record of the origins, nature, and functions of ancient magic.

The Rise of Rome (Paperback): Anthony Everitt The Rise of Rome (Paperback)
Anthony Everitt
R284 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R43 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

A gripping account of the ascent of Rome - from agrarian backwater to capital of the world's greatest empire.'An elegant, swift and faultless introduction to the subject' The Spectator Starting with the founding myth of Romulus and Remus, Anthony Everitt charts Rome's development from its origins as a small market town in the 8th century BC, through various forms of patrician government, up to Caesar's victory in the Civil War that defeated the Roman Republic and paved the way for Augustus to transform republican oligarchy into imperial autocracy. Using recent archaeological evidence and historical facts, and a wealth of legend and anecdote, Everitt shows how Rome grew - both internally, via ever more ambitious construction projects, and externally, through successful military campaigns. As readable and accessible as it is authoritative and scholarly, The Rise of Rome is the perfect introduction to Roman history and civilization for the general reader.

Rome: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback): Maria Teresa Guaitoli Rome: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback)
Maria Teresa Guaitoli
R541 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R85 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

*** REDUCED FROM $54.99 WHILST STOCKS LAST *** A fascinating, concise and comprehensive description of the rise, glory and fall of the Roman civilization. From obscure Neolithic pastoral village to "capital of the world," the history of ancient Rome is not merely one of the most incredible adventures of mankind, but constitutes the start of an uninterrupted "bridge" between the dawn of Italic civilization and the modern West. In its 1200 years of existence, the city founded on the values established by Romulus' patres, has expanded and diversified its influence incessantly and in all spheres, progressively absorbing peoples and customs, ideas, techniques and beliefs. This journey to the origins of the present is a pictorial representation of the development of the Roman world in the light of the historical, urban, architectural and artistic aspects that characterized the main periods of this extraordinary civilization, from its formative years to the crisis of the 5th century BC, following the conquests of Rome: the Italian peninsula, the Mediterranean and the Hellenic East. A vast iconography, consisting of photographs, reconstructions and plans, accompanies the text, written by an acknowledged authority in the field of Italic archaeology, which helps to clarify the dynamics of the exceptional development of the Roman world. AUTHOR: Maria Teresa Guaitoli is a researcher in classical archaeology at the Archaeology Department (Faculty of Literature and Philosophy) of the University of Bologna and a course lecturer in Archaeological Museology. She has participated in numerous archaeological excavations, covering periods from protohistory to the Middle Ages, collaborating with the Archaeological Superintendency of Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Puglia. As well as monitoring the Department of Archaeology's projects in Italy and abroad, she has organized numerous exhibitions within the Department and at the Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento. Her most recent books include Lost Cities of the Ancient World, White Star Publishers 2002. 208 colour illustrations

Aztecs: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback): Davide Domenici Aztecs: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback)
Davide Domenici
R540 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R85 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A fascinating, concise and comprehensive description of the rise, glory and fall of the Aztec civilization. The volume describes the pre-Columbian cultures that developed in central and northern Mexico, from the fertile areas of the Oaxaca Valley and the Valley of Mexico to the great deserts of the north. In chronological order, the text presents the native cultures, from the earliest farming villages to the establishment of great states and urban civilizations such as Teotihuacan and Monte Alban. The enormous ethnic and linguistic melting pot culminated in the Aztec civilization; this profusely illustrated book examines its historical events, moving from the mythical original migration into the Valley of Mexico to the political and cultural zenith. In-depth looks at specific topics such as the Aztec calendar, religion, society and political organization are inserted into the historical narration, adding variety to the book's chronological approach. Based on the latest research and targeting a broad readership, this book is straightforward and easy to understand, yet is distinguished by its excellent scholarship. The result is an extraordinary historical and cultural tableau that conveys the full appeal these populations have long held for Western readers. AUTHOR: Davide Domenici, archaeologist, is an expert on the ancient civilizations of pre-Columbian America. He has participated in archaeological studies in Peru (Nazca), Chile (Rapa Nui) and Mexico (Teotihuacan). Since 1998 he has directed the Rio La Venta Archaeological Project in the Mexican state of Chiapas. He is currently a researcher at the Faculty of Paleography and Medieval Studies of the University of Bologna, where he teaches Native American Civilizations. 210 colour illustrations

Mayas: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback): Davide Domenici Mayas: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization (Paperback)
Davide Domenici
R541 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R86 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A fascinating, concise and comprehensive description of the rise, glory and fall of the Olmec and Maya civilizations. The volume is dedicated to the Olmec and the Maya, the two main Mesoamerican civilizations that developed in the tropical regions, the "green heart" of the southeast. The sequence of the chapters allows readers to follow the cultural development of the tropical regions in chronological order, commencing with the Olmec chiefdoms; it then moves on to investigate the extraordinary development of the Maya city states of the Classic Period, which represent the artistic treasures of the southern forests. General themes such as art, religion, ball playing, writing and calendars are discussed in the text, thus varying and lightening its strictly historical and chronological approach. Written for non-specialist readers, the book uses clear and easily understandable language. It presents the Olmec and Maya civilizations in the light of the most recent discoveries and interpretations, striving to counter the perpetuation of old cliches that, even now, hinder a full understanding of the dynamic cultural and political events of these distant lands. AUTHOR: Davide Domenici, archaeologist, is an expert on the ancient civilizations of pre-Columbian America. He has participated in archaeological studies in Peru (Nazca), Chile (Rapa Nui) and Mexico (Teotihuacan). Since 1998 he has directed the Rio La Venta Archaeological Project in the Mexican state of Chiapas. He is currently a researcher at the Faculty of Paleography and Medieval Studies of the University of Bologna, where he teaches Native American Civilizations. 210 colour illustrations

Agrippina - The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World (Paperback): Emma Southon Agrippina - The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World (Paperback)
Emma Southon
R366 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R53 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Alexander the Great (Paperback): Philip Freeman Alexander the Great (Paperback)
Philip Freeman 1
R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between. He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded.
Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India. Alexander spent nearly all his adult life away from his homeland, and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. Within a short time after Alexander's death in Baghdad, his empire began to fracture. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra.
In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, classical scholar and historian Philip Freeman describes Alexander's astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing--which he rarely did. As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes but instead to unify his empire. Only a handful of people have influenced history as Alexander did, which is why he continues to fascinate us.

Jews and Their Roman Rivals - Pagan Rome's Challenge to Israel (Hardcover): Katell Berthelot Jews and Their Roman Rivals - Pagan Rome's Challenge to Israel (Hardcover)
Katell Berthelot
R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

How encounters with the Roman Empire compelled the Jews of antiquity to rethink their conceptions of Israel and the Torah Throughout their history, Jews have lived under a succession of imperial powers, from Assyria and Babylonia to Persia and the Hellenistic kingdoms. Jews and Their Roman Rivals shows how the Roman Empire posed a unique challenge to Jewish thinkers such as Philo, Josephus, and the Palestinian rabbis, who both resisted and internalized Roman standards and imperial ideology. Katell Berthelot traces how, long before the empire became Christian, Jews came to perceive Israel and Rome as rivals competing for supremacy. Both considered their laws to be the most perfect ever written, and both believed they were a most pious people who had been entrusted with a divine mission to bring order and peace to the world. Berthelot argues that the rabbinic identification of Rome with Esau, Israel's twin brother, reflected this sense of rivalry. She discusses how this challenge transformed ancient Jewish ideas about military power and the use of force, law and jurisdiction, and membership in the people of Israel. Berthelot argues that Jewish thinkers imitated the Romans in some cases and proposed competing models in others. Shedding new light on Jewish thought in antiquity, Jews and Their Roman Rivals reveals how Jewish encounters with pagan Rome gave rise to crucial evolutions in the ways Jews conceptualized the Torah and conversion to Judaism.

The Book of Looms - A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present (Paperback): Eric Broudy The Book of Looms - A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present (Paperback)
Eric Broudy
R686 R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Save R132 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A heavily illustrated classic on the evolution of the handloom. The handloom-often no more than a bundle of sticks and a few lengths of cordage-has been known to almost all cultures for thousands of years. Eric Broudy places the wide variety of handlooms in their historical context. What influenced their development? How did they travel from one geographic area to another? Were they invented independently by different cultures? How have modern cultures improved on ancient weaving skills and methods? Broudy shows how virtually every culture has woven on handlooms. He highlights the incredible technical achievement of early cultures that created magnificent textiles with the crudest of tools and demonstrates that modern technology has done nothing to surpass their skill or inventiveness.

Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity - Towards a Christian Empire (Paperback, New): Peter Brown Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity - Towards a Christian Empire (Paperback, New)
Peter Brown
R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Peter Brown, a known authority on Mediterranean civilisation in late antiquity, traces the growing power of early Christian bishops as they wrested influence from the philosophers who had traditionally advised the rulers of Graeco-Roman society. In the new ""Christian empire"", the ancient bonds of citizen to citizen and of each city to its benefactors were replaced by a common loyalty to a distant, Christian autocrat. This transformation of the Roman Empire from an ancient to a medieval society, Brown argues, is among the most far-reaching consequences of the rise of Christianity. In the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the power of the emperors depended on collaboration with the local elites. The shared ideals of Graeco-Roman culture (""paideia""), which were inculcated among the elite by their education, acted as unwritten constitution. The philosophers, as representives of this cultural tradition and as critics and advisors of the powerful, upheld the ideals of just rule and prevented the abuses of power. Between the conversion of Emperor Constantine to Christianity in 312 and the reign of Theodosius (379-395), however, both Christian bishops and uneducated monks emerged as competitors to the traditional educated elites. Claiming as Christians to be the ""true philosophers"", they asserted their own role in swaying the emperors to mercy and just rule. Brown shows how charity to the urban poor gave bishops such as Saint Ambrose a novel power base - the restless lower classes of the empire. The lines of power that led from local society to the imperial court increasingly fell into the hands of the church, as clerics exercised their power to ensure the peace in cities, secure amnesties, and convey to the emperor the wishes of his subjects. Brown also points out how churchmen expressed their new local power through violence against rivals: Jewish synagogues and Roman Temples were destroyed, and Hypatia, one of the few women with a public role as a philosopher, was lynched in Alexandria. Brown demonstrates how Christian teaching provided a model for a more autocratic, hierarchial empire: the ancient ideals of democracy and citizenship gave way to the image of a glorious ruler showing mercy to his lowly and grateful subjects. Drawing upon a wealth of material - newly discovered letters and sermons of Saint Augustine, archaeological evidence, manuscripts in Coptic and Syriac - he provides a portrait of a turbulent and fascinating era.

Diodoros of Sicily: Bibliotheke Historike: Volume 1, Books 14-15: The Greek World in the Fourth Century BC from the End of the... Diodoros of Sicily: Bibliotheke Historike: Volume 1, Books 14-15: The Greek World in the Fourth Century BC from the End of the Peloponnesian War to the Death of Artaxerxes II (Mnemon) - Translation, with Introduction and Notes (Hardcover)
Phillip Harding
R1,973 Discovery Miles 19 730 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Diodoros of Sicily (c.90-c.30 BC) spent thirty years producing an encyclopedic compendium of world history from its mythical beginnings to his own day. His is the only surviving, connected account of Greek affairs from 480/79 to 302/1. The books translated in this volume cover the years from the end of the Peloponnesian War to the aftermath of the Battle of Mantineia in 362/1. These were crucial years in the struggle for supremacy in Greece amongst the Greek states, Sparta, Athens and Thebes, before they were overtaken by the unexpected rise of Macedon. Diodoros also provides the only extant account of the career of Dionysios I of Syracuse and the Cypriot war between Persia and Evagoras of Salamis. The translation is supported by extensive notes and the Introduction examines Diodoros' moral and educational purpose in writing, the plan of his work, his sources, and his qualities as a historian.

Ancient Greece - Social Structure and Evolution (Paperback): David B. Small Ancient Greece - Social Structure and Evolution (Paperback)
David B. Small
R731 R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Save R132 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This book examines the development of ancient Greek civilization through a path-breaking application of social scientific theories. David B. Small charts the rise of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations and the unique characteristics of the later classical Greeks through the lens of ancient social structure and complexity theory, opening up new ideas and perspectives on these societies. He argues that Minoan and Mycenaean institutions evolved from elaborate feasting, and that the genesis of Greek colonization was born from structural chaos in the eighth century. Small isolates distinctions between Iron Age Crete and the rest of the Greek world, focusing on important differences in social structure. His book differs from others on Ancient Greece, highlighting the perpetuation of classical Greek social structure into the middle years of the Roman Empire, and concluding with a comparison of the social structure of classical Greece to that of the classical Maya civilization.

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