Challenging the stereotypes and myths that typically characterize students' understanding of antiquity, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE, Second Edition, focuses on continuity and connections, along with cultural diffusion and cultural diversity, to show how history is a cumulative process and that numerous similar 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! Chapter 9: "Civilization beyond the Near East, Greece, and Rome (2300-31 BCE)"
New! "Digging Antiquity": Illustrated features that discuss specific archaeological sites, many of which can still be visited today
New!: "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
Stunning Interior Design: More than 200 maps and illustrations, including an eight-page color portfolio
An Image Bank containing more than 100 PowerPoint-based slides and approximately forty maps, available to adopters
Ralph W. Mathisen is Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored, edited, or coedited thirteen books and has published 100 scholarly articles. He is a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, founding editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity, and Director of the Biographical Database for Late Antiquity Project.
"Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations is beautifully produced, has excellent maps and well-chosen images, and is up to date from a scholarly perspective. It is easily the best general work currently available, covering the Ancient Mediterranean through Late Antiquity in a relatively brief format."--Kenneth G. Holum, University of Maryland, College Park
"Mathisen's focus on multiculturalism, scientific literacy, and visual reasoning make the book far more up to date than any of its competitors."--Andrew J. Bonnell, Ball State University