1177 B C

1177 B C
Author: Eric H. Cline
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-02-02
ISBN 10: 0691208018
ISBN 13: 9780691208015
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1177 B C Book Review:

"In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen? In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age-and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece"--

Three Stones Make a Wall

Three Stones Make a Wall
Author: Eric H. Cline
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2018-11-06
ISBN 10: 0691184259
ISBN 13: 9780691184258
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Three Stones Make a Wall Book Review:

In 1922, Howard Carter peered into Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening he had cut in the door to the tomb, the Egyptologist famously replied, “I see wonderful things.” Carter’s fabulous discovery is just one of the many spellbinding stories told in Three Stones Make a Wall. Written by Eric Cline, an archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, this book traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries. Along the way, it addresses the questions archaeologists are asked most often: How do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found? Taking readers from the pioneering digs of the eighteenth century to today’s exciting new discoveries, Three Stones Make a Wall is a lively and essential introduction to the story of archaeology.

The End of the Bronze Age

The End of the Bronze Age
Author: Robert Drews
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-03-31
ISBN 10: 0691209979
ISBN 13: 9780691209975
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The End of the Bronze Age Book Review:

The Bronze Age came to a close early in the twelfth century b.c. with one of the worst calamities in history: over a period of several decades, destruction descended upon key cities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, bringing to an end the Levantine, Hittite, Trojan, and Mycenaean kingdoms and plunging some lands into a dark age that would last more than four hundred years. In his attempt to account for this destruction, Robert Drews rejects the traditional explanations and proposes a military one instead.

Rome Is Burning

Rome Is Burning
Author: Anthony A. Barrett
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-11-10
ISBN 10: 0691208506
ISBN 13: 9780691208503
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rome Is Burning Book Review:

Drawing on new archaeological evidence, an authoritative history of Rome’s Great Fire—and how it inflicted lasting harm on the Roman Empire According to legend, the Roman emperor Nero set fire to his majestic imperial capital on the night of July 19, AD 64 and fiddled while the city burned. It’s a story that has been told for more than two millennia—and it’s likely that almost none of it is true. In Rome Is Burning, distinguished Roman historian Anthony Barrett sets the record straight, providing a comprehensive and authoritative account of the Great Fire of Rome, its immediate aftermath, and its damaging longterm consequences for the Roman world. Drawing on remarkable new archaeological discoveries and sifting through all the literary evidence, he tells what is known about what actually happened—and argues that the disaster was a turning point in Roman history, one that ultimately led to the fall of Nero and the end of the dynasty that began with Julius Caesar. Rome Is Burning tells how the fire destroyed much of the city and threw the population into panic. It describes how it also destroyed Nero’s golden image and provoked a financial crisis and currency devaluation that made a permanent impact on the Roman economy. Most importantly, the book surveys, and includes many photographs of, recent archaeological evidence that shows visible traces of the fire’s destruction. Finally, the book describes the fire’s continuing afterlife in literature, opera, ballet, and film. A richly detailed and scrupulously factual narrative of an event that has always been shrouded in myth, Rome Is Burning promises to become the standard account of the Great Fire of Rome for our time.

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper
Author: Eric H. Cline
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-11-03
ISBN 10: 0691211396
ISBN 13: 9780691211398
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Digging Deeper Book Review:

From the bestselling author of 1177 B.C., an accessible primer to the archaeologist's craft An archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, Eric H. Cline has conducted fieldwork around the world, from Greece and Crete to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. In Digging Deeper, Cline answers the questions archaeologists are most frequently asked, such as: How do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found? How do you know what people from the past ate, wore, and looked like? Adapted from Cline's acclaimed book Three Stones Make a Wall, this lively little volume is brimming with insights and practical advice about how archaeology really works. Whether you are an armchair archaeologist or embarking on your first excavation, Digging Deeper is an essential primer on the art of the dig.

Brotherhood of Kings

Brotherhood of Kings
Author: Amanda H. Podany
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2010-07-13
ISBN 10: 0199718296
ISBN 13: 9780199718290
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brotherhood of Kings Book Review:

Amanda Podany here takes readers on a vivid tour through a thousand years of ancient Near Eastern history, from 2300 to 1300 BCE, paying particular attention to the lively interactions that took place between the great kings of the day. Allowing them to speak in their own words, Podany reveals how these leaders and their ambassadors devised a remarkably sophisticated system of diplomacy and trade. What the kings forged, as they saw it, was a relationship of friends-brothers-across hundreds of miles. Over centuries they worked out ways for their ambassadors to travel safely to one another's capitals, they created formal rules of interaction and ways to work out disagreements, they agreed to treaties and abided by them, and their efforts had paid off with the exchange of luxury goods that each country wanted from the other. Tied to one another through peace treaties and powerful obligations, they were also often bound together as in-laws, as a result of marrying one another's daughters. These rulers had almost never met one another in person, but they felt a strong connection--a real brotherhood--which gradually made wars between them less common. Indeed, any one of the great powers of the time could have tried to take over the others through warfare, but diplomacy usually prevailed and provided a respite from bloodshed. Instead of fighting, the kings learned from one another, and cooperated in peace. A remarkable account of a pivotal moment in world history--the establishment of international diplomacy thousands of years before the United Nations--Brotherhood of Kings offers a vibrantly written history of the region often known as the "cradle of civilization."

Why the West Rules For Now

Why the West Rules   For Now
Author: Ian Morris
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 768
Release: 2011-01-14
ISBN 10: 1551995816
ISBN 13: 9781551995816
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why the West Rules For Now Book Review:

Why does the West rule? In this magnum opus, eminent Stanford polymath Ian Morris answers this provocative question, drawing on 50,000 years of history, archeology, and the methods of social science, to make sense of when, how, and why the paths of development differed in the East and West — and what this portends for the 21st century. There are two broad schools of thought on why the West rules. Proponents of "Long-Term Lock-In" theories such as Jared Diamond suggest that from time immemorial, some critical factor — geography, climate, or culture perhaps — made East and West unalterably different, and determined that the industrial revolution would happen in the West and push it further ahead of the East. But the East led the West between 500 and 1600, so this development can't have been inevitable; and so proponents of "Short-Term Accident" theories argue that Western rule was a temporary aberration that is now coming to an end, with Japan, China, and India resuming their rightful places on the world stage. However, as the West led for 9,000 of the previous 10,000 years, it wasn't just a temporary aberration. So, if we want to know why the West rules, we need a whole new theory. Ian Morris, boldly entering the turf of Jared Diamond and Niall Ferguson, provides the broader approach that is necessary, combining the textual historian's focus on context, the anthropological archaeologist's awareness of the deep past, and the social scientist's comparative methods to make sense of the past, present, and future — in a way no one has ever done before.

Jerusalem Besieged

Jerusalem Besieged
Author: Eric H. Cline
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 410
Release: 2005-11-04
ISBN 10: 0472031201
ISBN 13: 9780472031207
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jerusalem Besieged Book Review:

DIVA sweeping history of four thousand years of struggle for control of one city /div

Inside the Critics Circle

Inside the Critics    Circle
Author: Phillipa K. Chong
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2021-08-24
ISBN 10: 0691212503
ISBN 13: 9780691212500
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inside the Critics Circle Book Review:

An inside look at the politics of book reviewing, from the assignment and writing of reviews to why critics think we should listen to what they have to say Taking readers behind the scenes in the world of fiction reviewing, Inside the Critics’ Circle explores the ways critics evaluate books despite the inherent subjectivity involved and the uncertainties of reviewing when seemingly anyone can be a reviewer. Drawing on interviews with critics from such venues as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post, Phillipa Chong delves into the complexities of the review-writing process, including the considerations, values, and cultural and personal anxieties that shape what critics do. Chong explores how critics are paired with review assignments, why they accept these time-consuming projects, how they view their own qualifications for reviewing certain books, and the criteria they employ when making literary judgments. She discovers that while their readers are of concern to reviewers, they are especially worried about authors on the receiving end of reviews. As these are most likely peers who will be returning similar favors in the future, critics’ fears and frustrations factor into their willingness or reluctance to write negative reviews. At a time when traditional review opportunities are dwindling while other forms of reviewing thrive, book reviewing as a professional practice is being brought into question. Inside the Critics’ Circle offers readers a revealing look into critics’ responses to these massive transitions and how, through their efforts, literary values get made.

The World of The Neo Hittite Kingdoms

The World of The Neo Hittite Kingdoms
Author: Trevor Bryce
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2012-03-15
ISBN 10: 0199218722
ISBN 13: 9780199218721
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The World of The Neo Hittite Kingdoms Book Review:

Bryce's volume gives an account of the military and political history of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms, moving beyond the Neo-Hittites themselves to the broader Near Eastern world and the states which dominated it during the Iron Age.

1177 B C eGalley

1177 B C   eGalley
Author: Eric H. Cline
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 9781400898107
ISBN 13: 1400898102
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1177 B C eGalley Book Review:

Lost to the West

Lost to the West
Author: Lars Brownworth
Publsiher: Broadway Books
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 0307407969
ISBN 13: 9780307407962
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost to the West Book Review:

"Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Crown Publishers in 2009"--T.p. verso.

Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c 1400 BC 1000 BC

Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c 1400 BC   1000 BC
Author: Raffaele D’Amato,Andrea Salimbeti
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2015-02-20
ISBN 10: 1472806832
ISBN 13: 9781472806833
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c 1400 BC 1000 BC Book Review:

This title features the latest historical and archaeological research into the mysterious and powerful confederations of raiders who troubled the Eastern Mediterranean in the last half of the Bronze Age. Research into the origins of the so-called Shardana, Shekelesh, Danuna, Lukka, Peleset and other peoples is a detective 'work in progress'. However, it is known that they both provided the Egyptian pharaohs with mercenaries, and were listed among Egypt's enemies and invaders. They contributed to the collapse of several civilizations through their dreaded piracy and raids, and their waves of attacks were followed by major migrations that changed the face of this region, from modern Libya and Cyprus to the Aegean, mainland Greece, Lebanon and Anatolian Turkey. Drawing on carved inscriptions and papyrus documents – mainly from Egypt – dating from the 15th–11th centuries BC, as well as carved reliefs of the Medinet Habu, this title reconstructs the formidable appearance and even the tactics of the famous 'Sea Peoples'.

Carthage Must Be Destroyed

Carthage Must Be Destroyed
Author: Richard Miles
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2011-07-21
ISBN 10: 1101517034
ISBN 13: 9781101517031
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Carthage Must Be Destroyed Book Review:

The first full-scale history of Hannibal's Carthage in decades and "a convincing and enthralling narrative." (The Economist ) Drawing on a wealth of new research, archaeologist, historian, and master storyteller Richard Miles resurrects the civilization that ancient Rome struggled so mightily to expunge. This monumental work charts the entirety of Carthage's history, from its origins among the Phoenician settlements of Lebanon to its apotheosis as a Mediterranean empire whose epic land-and-sea clash with Rome made a legend of Hannibal and shaped the course of Western history. Carthage Must Be Destroyed reintroduces readers to the ancient glory of a lost people and their generations-long struggle against an implacable enemy.

A Naval History of the Peloponnesian War

A Naval History of the Peloponnesian War
Author: Marc G. de Santis
Publsiher: Pen and Sword
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2017-04-30
ISBN 10: 1473861608
ISBN 13: 9781473861602
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Naval History of the Peloponnesian War Book Review:

Naval power played a vital role in the Peloponnesian War. The conflict pitted Athens against a powerful coalition including the preeminent land power of the day, Sparta. Only Athens superior fleet, her wooden walls, by protecting her vital supply routes allowed her to survive. It also allowed the strategic freedom of movement to strike back where she chose, most famously at Sphacteria, where a Spartan force was cut off and forced to surrender.Athens initial tactical superiority was demonstrated at the Battle of Chalcis, where her ships literally ran rings round the opposition but this gap closed as her enemies adapted. The great amphibious expedition to Sicily was a watershed, a strategic blunder compounded by tactical errors which brought defeat and irreplaceable losses. Although Athens continued to win victories at sea, at Arginusae for example, her naval strength had been severely weakened while the Spartans built up their fleets with Persian subsidies. It was another naval defeat, at Aegispotomi (405 BC) that finally sealed Athens fate. Marc De Santis narrates these stirring events while analyzing the technical, tactical and strategic aspects of the war at sea.

Escape from Rome

Escape from Rome
Author: Walter Scheidel
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2021-03-16
ISBN 10: 0691216738
ISBN 13: 9780691216737
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Escape from Rome Book Review:

The gripping story of how the end of the Roman Empire was the beginning of the modern world The fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history. But in this groundbreaking book, Walter Scheidel argues that Rome's dramatic collapse was actually the best thing that ever happened, clearing the path for Europe's economic rise and the creation of the modern age. Ranging across the entire premodern world, Escape from Rome offers new answers to some of the biggest questions in history: Why did the Roman Empire appear? Why did nothing like it ever return to Europe? And, above all, why did Europeans come to dominate the world? In an absorbing narrative that begins with ancient Rome but stretches far beyond it, from Byzantium to China and from Genghis Khan to Napoleon, Scheidel shows how the demise of Rome and the enduring failure of empire-building on European soil launched an economic transformation that changed the continent and ultimately the world.

Good Governance and Development

Good Governance and Development
Author: B. C. Smith
Publsiher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2007-08-21
ISBN 10: 1137062185
ISBN 13: 9781137062185
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good Governance and Development Book Review:

An exploration of the implications of the 'good governance' agendas for developing and newly democratized countries. The book assesses the 'good governance' agenda and examines the view of the international development agencies. Finally it considers the contribution political science can make to an understanding of each dimension of governance.

The Demes of Attica 508 7 ca 250 B C

The Demes of Attica  508 7  ca  250 B C
Author: David Whitehead
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 516
Release: 2014-07-14
ISBN 10: 1400857686
ISBN 13: 9781400857685
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Demes of Attica 508 7 ca 250 B C Book Review:

This work is a richly detailed study of the nature and development of the 139 Attic demes, the local units that made up the city-state of Athens during the classical and early Hellenistic periods. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia
Author: Gwendolyn Leick
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2002-08-29
ISBN 10: 0141927119
ISBN 13: 9780141927114
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mesopotamia Book Review:

Situated in an area roughly corresponding to present-day Iraq, Mesopotamia is one of the great, ancient civilizations, though it is still relatively unknown. Yet, over 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the very first cities were created. This is the first book to reveal how life was lived in ten Mesopotamian cities: from Eridu, the Mesopotamian Eden, to that potent symbol of decadence, Babylon - the first true metropolis: multicultural, multi-ethnic, the last centre of a dying civilization.

Early Aegean Warrior 5000 1450 BC

Early Aegean Warrior 5000   1450 BC
Author: Raffaele D’Amato,Andrea Salimbeti
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2013-06-20
ISBN 10: 1780968590
ISBN 13: 9781780968599
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Early Aegean Warrior 5000 1450 BC Book Review:

The mainland and islands of Greece were extensively settled by peoples moving from Asia Minor in c.5000 BC, while a further wave in c.5000 BC introduced bronze-working to the region. It is form this point on that it is possible to discern a distinct Cycladic or Aegean civilisation, developing at roughly the same time as the Egyptian and Persian civilisations. Further to the south, the Minoan civilisation based on Crete held sway, and this power – along with the Helladic Achaeans to the north gradually swamped the Cycladic civilisation in between. In common with most Bronze Age societies, the culture of the Aegean world was dominated by warfare, with the inhabitants living in organized settlements and small citadels with fortification walls and bulwarks, towers and gates to provide protection against invaders from the sea or internecine conflicts. Using the latest archaeological evidence, this title recreates the world of these peoples through a detailed examination of their material culture.