A fascinating overview and a detailed analysis of the ancient civilizations of the world-the first social structures where culture and religion were born.
An original and unique work of reference which braeks new ground by treating for the first time the classical era of the Old World as a whole. Never before have the key peoples and events of Greece, Rome, Persia, India, and China been encompassed in a single volume, despite the fact their civilizations had much in common and laid the foundat-ions of present-day Europe ans Asia. Cotterell asserts that for too long Greece and Rome have been regarded as the classical world and its study isolated from even the major powers that confronted the Greeks abd Romans in Iran and India. Today we are more aware of the complex interrelations that once existed between the Greeks and the Persians, theMacedonians and thr Indians, the Romans and both the persians and the Sasanians. The persistent isolation of China, on the other hand, cut off by mountains and deserts from india, makes the claassical experience ther so useful for compari-son and contrast. The virtual absence of slavery in China is but one of its startling features.
“stresses the cosmopolitan nature of the ancient world, emphasising the importance of interaction between different societies from Greece and Rome to India and China.”