Download Ancient Worlds kindle ☆ 301 pages ☆ Richard Miles

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Ancient WorldsAcross the Middle East the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta awe inspiring monstrous ruins a A frantic gallop through early history painted on a vast canvas bringing together complex historic themes and threads and presenting these in a way that I found enjoyable and utterly compelling I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in ancient history

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Anging from the Euphrates to the Roman Empire to understand the roots of human civilization page 53'In the twelfth century bc the Bronze Age cities of the Near East the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean suffered a series of disasters on an almost unimaginable scale In Anatolia the mighty Hittite Empire and in Greece the Mycenaean kingdoms were toppled Many of the cities of Syria and the Levant were reduced to rubble Smaller settlements in remote locations simply disappeared The causes of the great Bronze Age collapse and the story of the new worlds that grew up in its wake will be the subject of this chapter It is a sobering reminder of the fragility of civilisation but also of its tenacity For in the new age of iron that followed this ancient Dark Age civilisation would re emerge tempered in the flames of conflict tougher and resilient than ever before'Terrific easy fascinating read Recommend

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Download Ancient Worlds kindle ☆ 301 pages ☆ Richard Miles è Across the Middle East the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta awe inspiring monstrous ruins are scattered across the landscape Here Richard Miles recreates these extraordinary cities ranging from the Euphrates to the Roman Empire to understand the rRe scattered across the landscape Here Richard Miles recreates these extraordinary cities r uite a canvas for 340 pages so unsurprisingly a bit unevenThe coverage of early Mesopotamian civilisations is uite descriptive and a little patchy Nevertheless it sets out the uestion of why civilisations began to spontaneously form and what their common properties might beThe Bronze age civilisations are covered fully and compellingly with interesting discussions on Egypt and the collapses caused by the Sea People and rigidity of theocraciesHowever the discussion of Egypt mirrors the approach taken with Greece and especially with Rome This is definitely not a chronological perspective so the focus is strongly on the power structures of the Athenian democracy and Alexander's imperial striding in the eastThe last third of the book implicitly ties together these ideas of civilisation by considering the relative stabilities of Roman power in the various phases of its dominanceOverall this is a very interesting book and thought provoking book at least for a reader with a curiosity and some passing knowledge of the classical civilisations It is certainly neither a bluffers introduction nor a text in academic depthI have not yet been able to see the documentary series it accompanied but it seems to be the book of the film than the story of ideas which was subseuently filmed