The Ancient World: Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Societies

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4 Volumes
1,500 Pages
1,400 Articles
Pronunciation Key
Web Resources
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Geographical Guide to the Ancient World
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January 2017 · 4 volumes · 1,500 pages · 8"x10"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-189-9
# of Pages: 1500
# of Volumes: 4
Print List Price: $395
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Provides students and researchers with real information on what life was like in the Ancient World, alongside accessible information on the cities, civilizations, key figures and cultures from prehistory to 700 C.E.


This sweeping work covers world cultures from prehistory through the year 700 C.E. with in-depth analysis of civilizations, key figures, cities, cultures and daily life. Its four volumes stretch beyond the boundaries of the Western world of Greece, Rome and Europe, to include Egypt, China, the Near East, Africa, to name just a few, providing a global background to ancient history.

The 4-volume set is organized by regions: Greece and Rome; followed by Egypt, Africa, Alexandria, the Middle East, and Europe; and lastly, China, the Far East, Asia, Oceana, and the Americas. Each region-12 in all-begins with a number of Overview Essays that discuss various subjects as they relate to that region of ancient civilization, including Art & Architecture, Religion & Mythology, Science & Technology, Warfare, Trade, and Transportation. Following the overviews are over 40 Life As essays that bring into focus day-to-day life as a Peasant, Soldier, Slave, Woman, Priest, Craftsman, Artist, Politician, Noble, etc. Next, over 1,000 Descriptive articles discuss a wide variety of people, places, and thing relevant to that region in that era, including imporant Personages, Battles, Deities, Saints, Buldings, Places, and more.

The set begins with 22 overview essays, from Government to Slavery, followed by 1,100 alphabetically arranged essays on persons, cultures, wars, battles, documents or works, traditions or cultural phenomena, structures or artifacts, places or sites, terms, and groups or civilizations. Next, over 200 entries provide in-depth overviews of historic civilizations, times and places. Lastly, the set provides detailed descriptions of "life as" an individual living in a given time and place. Coverage is broad in scope, yet easy to use, with guides for pronunciation, geography, word usage, and timelines included.

Coverage is broad in scope, yet easy to utilize, with guides for pronunciation, geography, word usage, and timelines included. Additional appendices include a Categorized List of Contents, Timeline, Geographical Guide to the Ancient World, Glossary, Websites, and Bibliography, as well as a name index and a comprehensive subject index. 

Inside, the reader will find each of the eleven world cultures organized according to alpahbetical order. All entries include subheaders, cross-references, and there are hundreds of photographs, maps, and other visuals to help make the material accessable. The text's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources such as   a Subject Index, Timeline, Geographical Guide to the Ancient World, Glossary, Bibliography, as well as multiple relevant calendrical systems.

Not only does the set provide encyclopedic coverage of the Ancient World and its civilizations, but it goes on to offer students and researchers new insight into what it meant to live in a specific time and place. No other reference tool provides this unique combination of material.