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Published: 30 June 2014

608 Pages

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

ISBN: 9780199384457

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Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

From Prehistory to 640 CE

Second Edition

Ralph W. Mathisen

Challenging the stereotypes and myths that typically characterize students' understanding of antiquity, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE focuses on continuity and connections, along with cultural diffusion and cultural diversity, to show how history is a cumulative process and that numerous themes recur in different times and places. The text also explores sensitive issues and debates including attitudes toward race, ethnicity, and tolerance; gender issues and roles; slavery; social mobility; religion; political evolution; the nature of government; and imperialism.

New to this Edition:

  • A new 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 today
  • "Looking Back": Chapter summaries, followed by "Looking Ahead" sections that preview the following chapters
  • A new discussion of the origins of Celtic culture from the megalithic period on
  • Coverage of the Italian pre-Roman origins of Roman civilization
  • Additional coverage of the Hittites; the later Egyptian dynasties; Israelite prophets; Greek poets; the Ptolemies and Seleucids; the nature of early Rome; Caesar's Gallic Wars; the early Germans; Juba II and Cleopatra Selene; the emperors Nero, Vespasian, Trajan, Elagabalus, and Galerius; Roman entertainment; Rabbinic literature; the Roman frontiers; late Latin literature; and the Burgundians