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Ancient Worlds 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 roots of human civilization 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 a good introduction to early history of European civilizations starting from the ancient cities of the Ira region through to the roman empire charting the complex interplay between different societies and cultures arguably doing a great job to show much each 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 all 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 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 expect The story beats are the same – bevel rimmed bowls Assyrian love of war Athenian democratic imposed empire etc If you’ve seen the series this is simply a slightly extended 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 that is the purpose of the book – it isn’t for professionals or anyone looking for in depth information The book is designed for the general public as evidenced by the smooth accessible writing style and its whistle stop tour is intended simply to hook the reader into hopefully sparking a passion I would recommend this to new hobbyists or school students about to embark on further study7 out of 10

  • Hardcover
  • 301 pages
  • Ancient Worlds
  • Richard Miles
  • English
  • 06 October 2016
  • 9780713997941

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