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Lisation would re merge tempered in the flames of conflict tougher and resilient than Great global overview of the Ancient civilizations Though unavoidably he has to skip a lot of details and nuances the book is very informative yet reads very pleasantly Great as a starting point to learn about the ancients An unbelievably good high level overview of history from the starting point to learn about the ancients An unbelievably good high level overview of history from the of civilisation to the nd of the Roman mpire with insights into political developments and *the paradox of civilisation which are still applicable today Absolutely fascinating In as *paradox of civilisation which are still applicable today Absolutely fascinating In as as 350 pages Richard Miles succeeds in bringing ancient civilizations to life From the banks of the Tiber in Rome to the Akropolis in Athene to the hanging gardens of Babylon the history and civic structure of ancient cultures are briefly but thoroughly xplained Amazing job of Miles and I look forward to read his also fabulous I guess account of Rome s worst Infamous enemy Carthage 5 uite a canvas for 340 pages so unsurprisingly a bit unevenThe coverage ofarly 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 patchy Nevertheless it sets out the uestion of why civilisations began to spontaneously form and what their 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 Walled 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 theastThe last third of the book implicitly ties together these ideas of civilisation. Re scattered across the landscape Here Richard Miles recreates these xtraordinary cities A whistle stop tour of ancient civilisations ranging from Babylon to Rome It skims over a lot of things and looks at how the civilisations have influenced our modern civilisation But it s good with some great insightsIt also highlights the transience of cities and states and reminds us that while we believe we live in a stable world shifting borders and populations are the only constant in human history An njoyable and very readable introduction to the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia Egypt Greece and RomeI have read individual books in the past about all these civilisations and came to this wanting information about MesopotamiaThis book presents a persuasive argument about how civilisations have built on previous attempts persuasive argument about how civilisations have built on previous attempts how this process works So as well as coming away with a greater knowledge of Mesopotamia I also now far better understand why ach of these civilisations came into xistence and why they failedBy necessity in a book of this nature much has to be omitted but you are free to go and read about what interests you in greater deta 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 Mediterranean and the Aegean suffered a series of disasters on an almost unimaginable scale In Anatolia the mighty Hittite 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 civi. Across the Middle East the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta awe inspiring monstrous ruins .

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By considering the relative stabilities of Roman Power In The Various Phases Of Its in the various phases of its this is a very interesting book and thought provoking book at least for a reader with a curiosity interesting book and thought provoking book at least for a reader with a curiosity 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 I viewed Miles series on which this is based when it aired several years ago and reading the book I get the same impression as one might xpect The story beats are the same bevel rimmed bowls Assyrian love of war Athenian democratic imposed mpire Snowbound Seduction etc If you ve seen the series this is simply a slightlyxtended version of that It s a whirlwind tour of Mediterranean and Near Eastern big players in ancient times Such a wide scope obviously means it glosses over a lot and Miles pretty much just hits up a few key talking points But A frantic gallop through arly history painted on a vast canvas bringing together complex historic themes and threads and presenting these in a way that I found njoyable and vast canvas bringing together complex historic themes and threads and presenting these in a way that I found Hinterlands and Commodities: Place, Space, Time and the Political Economic Development of Asia Over the Long Eighteenth Century enjoyable and compelling I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in ancient history a good introduction toarly history of European civilizations starting from the ancient cities of the Ira region through to the roman Hometown Valentine empire charting the complex interplay between different societies and cultures arguably doing a great job to show muchach branch of the tree of civilisation owes to all others for a basic read on ancient history and the origins of some of the central ideas of western civilisation this isnt a bad starting point at al. Anging from the Euphrates to the Roman Empire to understand the roots of human civilization. ,
Ancient Worlds