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The great empires of the ancient world

Author: Thomas Harrison; J. Paul Getty Museum.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009.
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A team of internationally renowned scholars surveys the major imperial powers of the ancient world, from 1600 B.C. to A.D. 500, and ranging geographically from the ancient Mediterranean to East Asia. The authors investigate the nature of empires--including Egypt, Rome, Babylonia, Persia, India, and China--and their legacies in the modern age. Highlights include fascinating character profiles of great rulers such as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Harrison; J. Paul Getty Museum.
ISBN: 9780892369874 0892369876
OCLC Number: 368050814
Description: 288 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 28 cm.
Contents: The empire of New Kingdom Egypt, 1539-1069 BC / Bill Manley --
The Hittite Empire, 1650-1200 BC / Trevor Bryce --
The empires of Assyria and Babylonia, 900-539 BC / Marc Van De Mieroop --
The first Persian Empire, 550-330 BC / Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones --
The Athenian Empire, 478-404 BC, 378-338 BC / Alastair Blanshard --
The empire of Alexander and his successors, 338-60 BC / Michael Sommer and Thomas Harrison --
The Parthian and early Sasanian Empires, c. 247 BC-AD 300 / Ted Kaizer --
The Roman Empire, 27 BC-AD 476 / Michael Sommer --
The early empires of South Asia, 323 BC-AD 500 / Robin Coningham and Mark Manuel --
The early empires of China, 221 BC-AD 220 / W. J. F. Jenner.
Responsibility: edited by Thomas Harrison.

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A team of internationally renowned scholars surveys the major imperial powers of the ancient world, from 1600 B.C. to A.D. 500, and ranging geographically from the ancient Mediterranean to East Asia. The authors investigate the nature of empires--including Egypt, Rome, Babylonia, Persia, India, and China--and their legacies in the modern age. Highlights include fascinating character profiles of great rulers such as the warrior pharaohs Thutmose and Rameses of Egypt, the self-obsessed First Emperor of China, who desperately tried to cheat death, and the brilliant Roman emperor Augustus, who created the most powerful empire the world had ever seen. "Witness to Empire" spreads bring these civilizations to life in the words of their leaders and inhabitants. Not only will this book appeal to scholars and students, but its accessible text and wealth of illustrations also will feed the popular interest in this subject matter reflected in the recent success of films, television series, and museum exhibitions showcasing ancient cultures.

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