A distinguished team of internationally renowned scholars surveys the great empires from 1600 BC to AD 500, from the ancient Mediterranean to China, in ten comprehensive chapters, taking in the empires of New Kingdom Egypt; the Hittites; Assyria and Babylonia; Achaemenid Persia; Athens; Alexander; Parthian and early Sasanian Persia; Rome; India; and Qin and Han China. Each chapter conveys the main narrative of events, their impact on ancient societies and the dominant rulers who shaped that history, from Ramesses II in Egypt to Chandragupta in India, from Rome's Augustus to China's Shi-huangdi.
Exploring the very nature of empire itself, the authors show how profoundly imperialism in the distant past influenced the 19th-century powers and the modern United States.
Thames & Hudson
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01 March 2021
Introduction: New Visions of Ancient Empires by Thomas Harrison * 1. The Empire of New Kingdom Egypt 1539-1069 BC * 2. The Hittite Empire 1650-1200 BC * 3. The Empires of Assyria and Babylonia 900-539 BC * 4. The First Persian Empire 550-330 BC * 5. The Athenian Empire 478-404 BC, 378-338 BC * 6. The Empire of Alexander and his Successors 338-60 BC * 7. The Parthian and Early Sasanian Empires c. 247 BC-AD 300 * 8. The Roman Empire 27 BC-AD 476 * 9. The Early Empires of South Asia 323 BC-AD * 10. The Early Empires of China 221 BC-AD 220
Thomas Harrison is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of many books on the ancient world, most recently Interpreting Herodotus and Writing Ancient Persia.
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'A remarkable achievement ... an excellent introduction to an increasingly popular field of study' - Contemporary Review