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Published: 03 March 2020

672 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190080945

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Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

From Prehistory to 640 CE

Third Edition

Ralph W. Mathisen

  • Presents an understanding of the ancient Mediterranean that emphasizes evolution and continuity, connections and causality, and cultural diffusion and cultural diversity
  • Integrates material culture directly into an appreciation of how history is reconstructed
  • Covers the full range of the ancient human experience in the Mediterranean, from the Paleolithic to the end of antiquity in the 7th century CE
  • Includes an entire chapter that examines cultures outside the immediate margins of the ancient Mediterranean: Chapter 9: "Civilization beyond the Near East, Greece, and Rome (2300-31 BCE)"
  • "Digging Antiquity": Illustrated features that discuss specific archaeological sites, many of which can still be visited
  • Looking Back": Chapter summaries, followed by "Looking Ahead" sections that preview the following chapters
  • "History Laboratory": Concise observations on how historians use different methodologies to interpret historical evidence and to debunk pseudoscience
  • "Historical Controversy": Reflections that explore conflicting modern interpretations of ancient phenomena
  • "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words": Illustrations of distinctive material artifacts, accompanied by brief essays
  • "Mysteries of History": Selections that address puzzling and intriguing aspects of the past
  • "In Their Own Words": Extended quotations that exemplify each chapter's main themes
  • Sticky Notes: Notes placed in the margins at key points that remind students of commonalities, patterns, or connections
  • A stunning interior design featuring more than 200 maps and illustrations, including an eight-page color portfolio
  • Oxford Learning Link at provides digital learning resources for students (including chapter quizzes, flashcards, and videos) and a test-item file and PowerPoint lecture slides for instructors

New to this Edition:

  • "Subversive Personalities," illustrated features that highlight the actions of people--particularly women, including Eve, Enheduanna, Akhenaton, Jezebel, Judith, Sappho, Hypatia, and Theodora--who challenged traditional institutions, beliefs, or social conventions
  • "Cultural Encounters" features that focus on the Romans' engagements with other peoples
  • New discussions of Göbekli Tepe, Old Europe, Sumerian dream interpretation, Buddhism, Artemisia, the temples in the Largo di Torre Argentina, recent scientific developments, and the Alamanni
  • Expanded coverage of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Scorpion kings and Egyptian trade, the Battle of Salamis, the history of Rome, and more