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Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean

Third Edition

Charles Freeman

March 2014

ISBN: 9780199651924

824 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £35.99

Regarded as one of the best general histories of the ancient world, Egypt, Greece and Rome Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean second edition is written for the general reader and the student coming to the subject for the first time and provides a reliable and highly accessible point of entry to the period. The 3rd edition has been extensively revised with several chapters rewritten and a wealth of new material added.

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Regarded as one of the best general histories of the ancient world, Egypt, Greece and Rome Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean second edition is written for the general reader and the student coming to the subject for the first time and provides a reliable and highly accessible point of entry to the period. The 3rd edition has been extensively revised with several chapters rewritten and a wealth of new material added.

  • The most-up-to-date, fully comprehensive, and reliable general history of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Fully illustrated throughout with maps, photographs, and colour plates
  • Most popular introduction to the ancient world on the market

New to this edition

  • The text has been revised and includes 35% new material on the recent developments in the field over the past ten years
  • The author has drawn from his extensive research and personal experience of study tours of the Mediterranean and actual sites
  • Several chapters have been completely rewritten for this new edition
  • The illustrations have been fully revised and updated, with only a small overlap in choices from the earlier editions
  • The bibliography has been completely revised

About the Author(s)

Charles Freeman, Freelance academic

Charles Freeman is a freelance academic historian who worked on his first archaeological dig, a first century AD Roman villa, in Italy as far back as 1966. Following many years of wandering in the Mediterranean, he has been leading study tours of Italy, Greece and Turkey for the past ten years. In 2005, Charles was appointed as Historical Consultant to the prestigious Blue Guides and has written introductions and sections of several of the most recent editions. He is also author of Sites of Antiquity: Fifty Sites that Explain the Classical World (2009), a full illustrated survey that might be seen as a companion to Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Table of Contents

    Dedication
    Foreword to the Third edition, Oswyn Murray
    Author's Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of Plates
    List of Maps
    List of Figures
    1: Approaching the Ancient World
    2: The Birth of Civilization: The Ancient Near East, 5000- 1200 BC
    3: Pyramids and Power, the Creation of an Egyptian State, 3500-1985 BC
    4: Stability and Expansion, Egypt in the Middle and New Kingdoms, 1985- 1000 BC
    Interlude 1: The Amarna Letters
    5: Living in New Kingdom Egypt
    6: The Ancient Near East, 1200- 500 BC
    7: 'The Sea between the Lands', the Mediterranean as the Cradle of the Classical World
    8: Civilizations of the Bronze Age Aegean, 2000 -1100 BC
    9: The Birth of a New Greece 1100 - 700 BC
    10: 'Travelling Heroes', The Greeks in a Wider World, 800-600 BC
    Interlude 2: Sappho and Lyric Poetry
    11: Hoplites and Tyrants: The Emergence of the City State
    12: Craftsmanship and Creativity in Archaic Greece
    13: The Persian Wars
    14: The Greek Way of Life
    15: Experiencing the Supernatural: the Spiritual World of the Greeks
    Interlude 3: 'After this all becomes possible.' Creating Classical Art, 500 - 460 BC
    16: Democracy and Empire, Athens in the Fifth Century
    17: Rethinking the World: From Aeschylus to Aristotle
    Interlude 4: Rhetoric
    18: The Struggle for Power, 431- 338 BC
    19: Alexander the Great and the Transformation of the Greek World
    20: Tensions and Creativity: The Hellenistic World, 323 -30 BC
    Interlude 5: Celts and Parthians
    21: The Etruscans and Early Rome
    22: Rome Becomes a Mediterranean Power
    23: Rome, A Republic Under Stress
    Interlude 6: Voices from the Republic
    24: The Failure of Republican Politics
    Interlude 7: Women in the Roman Republic
    25: Augustus and the Founding of Empire
    26: Consolidating the Roman Empire, AD 14-161
    Interlude 8: The Sebasteion at Aphrodisias
    27: Running and Defending an Empire
    28: Social and Economic Life in the Empire
    Interlude 9: The Romans as Builders
    29: The Flourishing of Greek Culture
    30: An Empire in Crisis, AD 161-313
    31: The Early Christian Communities, AD 33-313
    32: Constantine and His Successors
    33: The Christian Emperor
    34: The Collapse of the Classical West, 395-600
    35: The Emergence of the Byzantine Empire
    36: Legacies
    What to Read Next
    Date Chart
    List of Events
    Index

Reviews

"Charles Freeman is my favourite universal historian of the ancient world, which he interprets in the broadest geographical and temporal senses ... This new edition of Egypt, Greece, and Rome cannot be recommended too highly as the one-stop shop for all historically curious travellers in these eternally and endlessly fascinating lands." - Professor Paul Cartledge, Cambridge University

"Freeman's survey of the ancient world is a remarkable achievement ... The book is written in a clear and approachable style ideally suited to the target audience, which is defined as the general reader and students in need of a foundation text to guide them into the study of the great and important cultures of antiquity. This new edition will certainly ensure that Freeman's study will continue to hold its place as a classic introduction to the ancient world in all its aspects." - Professor Alan B. Lloyd, President of the Egypt Exploration Society

"This admirably ambitious work provides a very useful introduction to three of the great civilizations of the Ancient World: Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Charles Freeman should be applauded for having taken on this gargantuan task." - Professor Richard Miles, University of Sydney

"Charles Freeman's work on updating this, the third edition of Egypt, Greece and Rome, has ensured this book continues to be a must-read, offering clear insights into the latest thinking and discoveries about the ancient Mediterranean world in an engaging and thought-provoking manner." - Dr Michael Scott, University of Warwick

"an enormously ambitious book ... The text is approachable and readable. It can be used both for sustained study as well as for idle browsing and dipping into. It is informative, succinct. There are no tedious digressions or woolly bits. It offers an opinion where an opinion is useful but does not dogmatically press an agenda. For the general reader, it is difficult to imagine how it could have been better done." - Annabel Barber, Blue Guides

"Freeman is to be commended for the scope and detail of the work ... [it] is beautifully illustrated and written in clear and clever prose. Freeman writes with the authority not only of a historian, but also an archaeologist ... and a traveler who has trod the well-worn paths of our ancient forebears. His rigorous approach ensures that the book will continue to be an authoritative survey of the history and culture of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions." - Carrie L. Sulosky Weaver, The Classical Journal Online