From the Birth of Sumerian Civilization to the Fall of the Roman Empire

Book - 2004
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Bestselling author Norman Cantor delivers this compact but magisterial survey of the ancient world -- from the birth of Sumerian civilization around 3500 B.C. in the Tigris-Euphrates valley (present-day Iraq) to the fall of the Roman Empire in A.D. 476. In Antiquity, Cantor covers such subjects as Classical Greece, Judaism, the founding of Christianity, and the triumph and decline of Rome.

In this fascinating and comprehensive analysis, the author explores social and cultural history, as well as the political and economic aspects of his narrative. He explains leading themes in religion and philosophy and discusses the environment, population, and public health. With his signature authority and insight, Cantor highlights the great books and ideas of antiquity that continue to influence culture today.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2004, c2003.
Edition: 1st Perennial ed. --
ISBN: 9780060930981
Branch Call Number: 930 Can
Characteristics: xiii, 240 p. ; 21 cm.


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If you wish to learn about the ancient world, this book will give you a general idea. However I felt there was far too much emphasis on the Israelite's, and a less detailed account of any of the other civilizations mentioned.

toutomoutochan Apr 07, 2013

I enjoyed this book. it's very well-written and accessible. I even enjoyed Cantor's chapter on early Christian thought, which is written as a factional conversation between Augustine and some of his contemporaries. My only gripe is that the Sumerians are mentioned on the cover but are completely absent from this book. As someone who's interested in the earliest civilizations (especially the Sumerians), I was disappointed to see them barely even mentioned. Other than that, i'd recommend this book.

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