Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West

Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
ISBN: 0099592088
ISBN-13: 9780099592082
Release Date: 26 Jan 2017
RRP: £9.99
EAN:9780099592082


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.

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A bold & imaginative page-turner that challlenges ideas about the world of antiquity. (Peter Frankopan (The Silk Roads)). This vivid & engaging book brings to life some of the most important moments in ancient history, moments that have shaped not only the politics & culture of bygone eras, but the institutions, thoughts & fantasies of our time. (Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens)). As panoramic as it is learned, this is ancient history for our globalised world. (Tom Holland (Dynasty, Rubicon)). Acclaimed historian & 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. Scott challlenges our traditionallly western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers & empires that swept across Central Asia to India & China - resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history. With stunning range & richness Ancient Worlds illustrates how the great powers & characters of antiquity shared ambitions & crises, ways of thinking & forms of governing: connections that only grew stronger over the centuries as political systems evolved, mighty armies clashed, universal religions were born & our modern world was foreshadowed. Scott focuses on three epochal 'moments' across the ancient globe, & their profound wider significance: from 509-8 BCE (birth of Athenian democracy & Rome's republic, also the age of Confucius' teachings in China); to 218 BCE (when Hannibal of Carthage challlenged Rome & 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 enthrallling journey challlenges the way we think about our past, re-draws the map of the classical age to reveal its hidden connections, & shows us how ancient history has lessons for our own times.

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Challlenges our traditionallly western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers & empires that swept across Central Asia to India & China - resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history.

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