Jacket image: Achaemenid Gilded Silver Rhyton with a Stag Protome.
Acclaimed historian and TV presenter Michael Scott guides us through
an epic story spanning ten centuries to create a bold new reading of the
classical era for our globalised world.
Miho Museum, Kyoto, Japan; background image: Alamy.
Scott challenges our
traditionally western-focused perception of the past, connecting
Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers and empires that swept
across Central Asia to India and China – resulting in a truly global
vision of ancient history.
With stunning range and richness Ancient Worlds
illustrates how the great powers and characters of antiquity shared
ambitions and crises, ways of thinking and forms of governing:
connections that only grew stronger over the centuries as political
systems evolved, mighty armies clashed, universal religions were born
and our modern world was foreshadowed.
Scott focuses on three
epochal ‘moments’ across the ancient globe, and their profound wider
significance: from 509-8 BCE (birth of Athenian democracy and Rome’s
republic, also the age of Confucius’s teachings in China); to 218 BCE
(when Hannibal of Carthage challenged Rome and China saw its first
emperor); to 312 CE, when Constantine sought to impose Christianity on
the Roman world even as Buddhism was pervading China via the vast
trading routes we now know as the ‘Silk Roads.’
A major work of
global history, Michael Scott’s enthralling journey challenges the way
we think about our past, re-draws the map of the classical age to reveal
its hidden connections, and shows us how ancient history has lessons
for our own times.
Boken är inbunden. 411 sidor.
Boktitel: Ancient Worlds. An Epic History of East and West
Författare: Michael Scott
|Michael Scott |
Dr Michael Scott is an Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient
History at the University of Warwick. He received his doctorate from
Christ's College, Cambridge, and lectured at Darwin College, Cambridge,
before taking up his role at Warwick. His research and teaching focuses
on the ancient history and archaeology of the Greek and Roman worlds. He
has written a number of books and written and presented a range of TV
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