Great Events from History: The Ancient World

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2 Volumes
1,089 Pages
418 Essays
Keyword List of
Chronological List of Entries
Cross References
Time Line
Personages Index
Geographical Index
Category Index
Subject Index

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A good basic reference source, recommended for general readers. Lawerence Looks at Books
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This won't be as popular as reading about great lives, but it is certainly a good starting point for a student who wants to develop a theory about the background of today's conflicts. Recommended. Reference for Students

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Editor: Mark W. Chavalas,
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Consulting Editors: Mark S. Aldenderfer,
Carole A. Barrett, Jeffrey W. Dippmann,
Christopher Ehret, & Katherine Anne Harper

April 2004 · 2 volumes · 1,089 pages · 8"x10"

Combines Print & Online Access
ISBN: 978-1-58765-155-7
# of Pages: 1089
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $175

Great Events from History: 
The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 C.E.)

Great Events from History is a multivolume series projected to cover from prehistory to the twenty-first century. It is a revision and expansion of the nine-volume Great Events from History (1972) set and also incorporates essays from the three-volume Chronology of European History: 15,000 B.C. to 1997 (1997) and the three-volume Great Events from History: North American Series, Revised Edition (1997). The existing essays are enhanced by the addition of new entries covering a wider geographical area and including more women, updated bibliographies for existing entries, a new page design, a section containing maps of various parts of the ancient world, plus succession tables, genealogies, and numerous illustrations.

Great Events from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 C.E. contains 289 all new essays. The new essays increase coverage of events involving prehistoric cultures and social and cultural developments and add coverage in areas of the world not covered by the earlier sets. Discrete events such as battles or deaths to longer, less definite events such as the rise and fall of a culture that took place in the ancient world are covered in this set. The date of 476 C.E., the fall of Rome, was selected by the editors as the cutoff between the ancient world and the Middle Ages. The events are arranged chronologically, forming a time line.

Events covered in this set include c. 13,000 B.C.E., Humans Enter the South American Continent; c. 1000-c. 200 B.C.E., Compilation of the Upanishads; c. 500 B.C.E., Acupuncture Develops in China; 447-438 B.C.E., Building of the Parthenon; c. 200 B.C.E.-c. 500 C.E., Hopewell People Construct Earthworks; 64-67 C.E., Nero Persecutes the Christians; 413-425 C.E., Saint Augustine Writes the City of God.

Each article begins with ready-reference listings, including a summary of the event and its significance, its locale, a categorization of the event, and a listing of the major figures in the event. The text of each essay is divided into "Summary of Event" and "Significance" sections, so that each event is described fully and its impact analyzed. Each essay has an annotated list of suggestions for further reading.