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Seller: ancientgifts (4,620) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382192674143 "Ancient History: From the First Civilizations to the Renaissance" by J. M. Roberts. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with printed boards and dustjacket. Publisher: Duncan Baird (2004). Pages: 912. Size: 10¾ x 9 x 2 inches; 7 pounds. Summary: From one of the great historians of our time, J.M. Roberts, comes “Ancient History”, a gorgeous guide to our common past. Hundreds of colorful maps and illustrations guide the reader from prehistoric times up through Enlightenment. From early hominids to Charlemagne, Egyptian kingship to European Dynasticism, “Ancient History” is an illuminating work on humankind's past. Arranged in chronological order, beginning with prehistoric times over 2,000,000 years ago, this book catalogues major time periods, discoveries, and events (e.g., Homo erectus, The Fertile Crescent, metallurgy, Sumer, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Aegean civilization, the Mediterranean world, Greek life, the Roman world, Islam, Byzantium, the Far East, Medieval Christendom, the Renaissance, European colonialism, church reformation, and much more. Following on the heels of the international success of Robert's “History of the World”, “Ancient History” will serve as an indispensable reference that will inform, enlighten, and entertain readers for years to come. CONDITION: NEW. MASSIVE new (slightly shopworn) hardcover w/dustjacket. Duncan Baird (2004) 912 pages. Inside the pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. From the outside the book evidences very mild shelfwear. Super- size, heavy books like this are awkward to handle and so tend to get dragged across and bumped into book shelves as they are shelved and re-shelved, so it is not uncommon to see accelerated edge and corner shelfwear to both the dustjacket and covers of such huge, heavy books. In this instance the dustjacket evidences mild edge and corner shelfwear, principally in the form of faint crinkling/rubbing/abrasion to the dustjacket spine head and heel, as well as the dustjacket "tips" (the open corners of the dustjacket, top and bottom, front and back). The abrasion includes a 3/8 inch closed, neatly mended edge tear at the top, front dustjacket tip. We carefully repaired the small chip from the underside of the dustjacket, and touched it up with a sharpie, minimizing the prominence of this superficial cosmetic blemish. Beneath the dustjacket the printed covers echo similar edge and corner shelfwear to the spine head, heel, and the tips. The covers are otherwise clean and unsoiled. Overall the condition of the book is entirely consistent new (albeit "super-sized") stock from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton), where otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of shelfwear and/or cosmetic blemishes, consequence simply of being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #8698c. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Illustrated edition of Roberts' classic work of ancient history - featuring more than 800 color photos. REVIEW: A fascinating and highly readable account of humankind's development over 10,000 years in a brilliantly illustrated volume by one of the world's most distinguished historians. REVIEW: John Morris "J. M." Roberts CBE (14 April 1928 – 30 May 2003) was a British historian, with significant published works. From 1979 to 1985 he was vice chancellor of the University of Southampton, and from 1985 to 1994, Warden of Merton College, Oxford. He was also well known as the author and presenter of the BBC TV series "The Triumph of the West" (1985). Roberts was born in Bath, the son of a department store worker and educated at Taunton School. He won a scholarship to Keble College, Oxford, and took a first in Modern History in 1948. After National Service, he was elected a prize fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he completed a doctoral thesis on the Italian republic set up during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Times Literary Supplement described Roberts as "master of the broad brush-stroke". In 1953 Roberts was elected a fellow and tutor in Modern History at Merton College, Oxford, and in the same year went as a Commonwealth Fund fellow to Princeton and Yale, where his interests broadened beyond European history. He returned to America three times as a visiting professor in the 1960s. From 1979 to 1985 Roberts was vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton where he felt obliged to make unpopular cuts (Classics and Theology). In 1985 Roberts wrote and presented the thirteen-part BBC series The Triumph of the West, and was later historical advisor to the series People's Century. From 1985 to 1994 Roberts was Warden of Merton College, Oxford until his retirement, whereupon he returned to his native Somerset. In 1996, Roberts was appointed CBE for his 'services to education and history' and made a Cavalier of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1991. Roberts died in 2003, at Roadwater, Somerset, shortly after completing the fourth revised edition of his "The New History of the World". The John Roberts Memorial Fund was established in his honor at Merton College in 2003, with the aim of increasing the financial support available to undergraduate and graduate students. The college hoped that the first recipient would be a history graduate. When Roberts' "The Mythology of the Secret Societies" was republished in 2008, the back cover contained the following message: "We are living at a time when conspiracy theories are rife and the notion of secret plans for world domination under the guise of religious cults or secret societies is perhaps considered more seriously than ever." REVIEW: J. M. Roberts was former Warden of Merton College, Oxford and author of many books including The History of the World and the recently published New History of the World. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Before History. The Foundations. Homo sapiens. The Possibility of Civilization. Chapter 2: The First Civilizations. Early Civilized Life. Ancient Mesopotamia. Ancient Egypt. Intruders and Invaders: The Dark Ages of the Ancient Near East. Chapter 3: The Beginnings of Civilization in Eastern Asia. Ancient India. Ancient China. The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past. The End of the Old World. Chapter 4: The Classical Mediterranean: Greece. The Roots of One World. The Greeks. Greek Civilization. The Hellenistic World. Chapter 5: Rome and the Classical West. Rome. The Roman Achievement. Jewry and the Coming of Christianity. The Waning of the Classical West. The Elements of a Future. Chapter 6: The Age of Diverging Traditions. Islam and the Re-making of the Near East. The Arab Empires. Byzantium and its Sphere. The Disputed Legacies of the Near East. The Making of Europe. Chapter 7: The Far East and a New Europe. India. Imperial China. Japan. Worlds Apart. Europe: The First Revolution. Europe Looks Outward. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This meticulously researched and profusely illustrated work provides a comprehensive examination of world history. The chronologically arranged chapters cover 10,000 years of history with a focus on time periods, events, and discoveries from the early civilizations to the Renaissance. Lucid, informative text includes such diverse topics as the Ice Ages, ancient Mesopotamia, the Hellenistic world, ancient Egypt, metallurgy, Judaism, the Arab Empire, Charlemagne, and church reformation. Two narrative columns, plenty of white space, and a plethora of advantageously positioned visual matter result in a pleasing layout. Sidebars are relevant and instructive. The high-quality color photos, maps, reproductions, charts, and graphs are additional elements to savor and investigate. A thorough index and table of contents are excellent access points to a tool that will receive much use in libraries. This first-rate resource was originally published in London as The New Penguin History of the World, 4th ed. (2002). [Library Journal]. REVIEW: Living up to its name, this remarkable, massive volume presents a continuous narrative of human history worldwide from the earliest civilizations of the 4th millennium through the European Renaissance. Each page of the text is illustrated with color plates of works of art and buildings and frequent maps and timelines. [Reference and Research Book News]. REVIEW: In this volume, Dr. Roberts traces the full story of humankind's history from the origins of Homo sapiens to the development of societies in India, Imperial China and Japan, and the establishment of a new Europe looking confidently outward to the world beyond the continent. A work of outstanding breadth of scholarship and penetrating judgments. There is nothing better of its kind! [The Sunday Telegraph (UK)]. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is a well written history book which delivers a broad survey of ancient civilizations (not just the typical Greece, Rome and China.) One of the great things about this book is that it contains a plethora truly fascinating illustrations. There are stunning examples of ancient paintings, sculptures, architecture and maps. The historical maps, charts and timelines are simple but well executed. They present interesting data; for example: a map of Europe with locations and founding dates for all the major universities and a map of all the continents with their prehistoric coastlines illustrating the migration paths of early humans. I find myself leafing through the pages and being drawn into the text by a photo of Mycenaean armor, the jade burial garment of a Chinese emperor, a frieze from a Hindu temple or a painting of gardeners in an ancient sultan's court. This is a book to savor and I'm finding it is a great way to teach history to my children. Clearly, the author had a passion for the subject, eminent scholarship and a mastery of the writer's craft. A true gem! REVIEW: This is a humungous, superbly illustrated big, heavy, and glossy book of history. The story begins in prehistory and ends at the dawn of the Renaissance, with the invention of movable type; though the book does bounce around in time and location, and doesn't present a strictly chronological history. The major focus is on the civilizations that left the most detailed records, and others that do not have much surviving text, art, or architecture are just touched on much more briefly. The study of history is both richly rewarding and deeply problematic. This book starts with the typical sort of forward that you also find in modern books about diverse subjects like philosophy or time: 'This work is about something that at the root, resists definition'. What is history, anyway? Reading too many of these pages at once makes it just feel like the shifting of lines on a map through time. Or is it about the development of culture? Or is it about the potential development of each individual life? Or does time and history prove who was right and who was wrong, with the survivors and conquerors as the heroes, and and those who have disappeared from the stage being villains from the backwaters? I will give the editors of this book credit for including a lot of wonderful maps and pictures of artwork and architecture. The text wasn't universally superb, but its faults confront the reader only infrequently. A history of the world is quite an undertaking, so I thought it was worthwhile continuing to read through to the end, and it was! REVIEW: Very thorough and well researched world history book from the beginnings of civilization through the Renaissance. Covers Asia, Africa, and the Americas as well as Europe and the Middle East. We used this book for a 10th grade ancient history course in the high school where I teach. The book was written by J.M. Roberts, professor of history at Merton College, Oxford University. REVIEW: This book is extremely well written by one of the leading authorities on the subject. Excellent color photographs are provided throughout the work. The reader will be amazed by the level of detail on all aspects of the era covered by the text. This is a substantial publication in many respects. REVIEW: A vast but brief history of human civilizations. It is very well laid out and easy to read, starting with the evolution of man and the Neolithic Age, covering all continents, up to the renaissance age. Overall a wonderful index to the ancient past with fantastic pictures to accompany the text. REVIEW: Wonderful narrative, not excessively dry, and has extra information on specific artifacts, maps, and historical accounts from each period discussed. The general information is laid out in a fashion that flows well from section to section. REVIEW: An informative collection of Ancient History. It is written as more of a text book then casual entertainment. Although dry at times, it has many compelling segments. It also has a great collection of images that aid in the understanding. REVIEW: If you have read and liked World History, you will like this one also. This is more heavily illustrated than most, and maybe the young ones will like it better as a result. REVIEW: I love this textbook! The illustrations help convey the historical flow of events. Strongly recommended for people like me who love ancient history. REVIEW: Five stars! My high school age son loved it. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: REVIEW: Lost City Could Rewrite History. The city is believed to predate the Harappan civilization. The remains of what has been described as a huge lost city may force historians and archaeologists to radically reconsider their view of ancient human history. Marine scientists say archaeological remains discovered 36 metres (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India could be over 9,000 years old.The vast city - which is five miles long and two miles wide - is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years. The site was discovered by chance last year by oceanographers from India's National Institute of Ocean Technology conducting a survey of pollution.Using side-scan sonar - which sends a beam of sound waves down to the bottom of the ocean they identified huge geometrical structures at a depth of 120ft. Debris recovered from the site - including construction material, pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculpture and human bones and teeth has been carbon dated and found to be nearly 9,500 years old. The city is believed to be even older than the ancient Harappan civilization, which dates back around 4,000 years.Marine archaeologists have used a technique known as sub-bottom profiling to show that the buildings remains stand on enormous foundations. Graham Hancock Author and film-maker Graham Hancock - who has written extensively on the uncovering of ancient civilizations - told BBC News Online that the evidence was compelling. "The [oceanographers] found that they were dealing with two large blocks of apparently man made structures....Cities on this scale are not known in the archaeological record until roughly 4,500 years ago when the first big cities begin to appear in Mesopotamia. "Nothing else on the scale of the underwater cities of Cambay is known. The first cities of the historical period are as far away from these cities as we are today from the pyramids of Egypt," he said. This, Mr Hancock told BBC News Online, could have massive repercussions for our view of the ancient world. Harappan remains have been found in India and Pakistan. "There's a huge chronological problem in this discovery. It means that the whole model of the origins of civilization with which archaeologists have been working will have to be remade from scratch," he said. However, archaeologist Justin Morris from the British Museum said more work would need to be undertaken before the site could be categorically said to belong to a 9,000 year old civilization. "Culturally speaking, in that part of the world there were no civilizations prior to about 2,500 BC. What's happening before then mainly consisted of small, village settlements," he told BBC News Online. Dr. Morris added that artifacts from the site would need to be very carefully analyzed, and pointed out that the C14 carbon dating process is not without its error margins. It is believed that the area was submerged as ice caps melted at the end of the last ice age 9-10,000 years ago. Although the first signs of a significant find came eight months ago, exploring the area has been extremely difficult because the remains lie in highly treacherous waters, with strong currents and rip tides. The Indian Minister for Human Resources and ocean development said a group had been formed to oversee further studies in the area. "We have to find out what happened then ... where and how this civilization vanished," he said. [BBC News Online]. REVIEW: Decoding the Ancient Script of the Indus Valley. The ancient cities of the Indus Valley belonged to the greatest civilization the world may never know. Since the 1920s, dozens of archaeological expeditions have unearthed traces of a 4,500-year-old urban culture that covered some 300,000 square miles in modern day Pakistan and north-western India. Digs at major sites such as Mohenjo-daro and Harappa revealed a sophisticated society whose towns had advanced sanitation, bathhouses and grid-like city planning. Evidence of trade with Egypt and Sumer in Mesopotamia, as well as the presence of mining interests as far as Central Asia, suggest that the fertile Indus River basin could have been home to an empire larger and older than its more famous contemporaries in the Middle East. But the Indus Valley civilization poses an intractable problem, one which a legion of archaeologists and scientists have puzzled over from the first excavations to a new study published last month. Its writing, etched in signs on tiny, intricate seals and tablets, remains undeciphered, shrouding the ancient culture in mystery. A code-busting artifact with bilingual text, like the Rosetta Stone, has yet to be found. By some counts, over 100 decipherments of the civilization's often anthropomorphic runes and signs - known in the field as the Harappan script - have been attempted over the decades, none with great success. Some archaeologists spied parallels with the cuneiform of Mesopotamia; others speculated an unlikely link between Harappan signs and the similarly inscrutable "birdmen" glyphs found thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean at Easter Island. In 2004, perhaps out of befuddlement and frustration, a group of scholars declared that the script marked only rudimentary pictograms and that the Indus Valley people were functionally illiterate. That hypothesis, which caused a minor uproar in the world of Indus Valley researchers, was recently rejected by a team of mathematicians and computer scientists, assembled from institutions in the United States and India. Their study, published initially in April in Science and more extensively in August in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, employed computer modeling to prove that the Harappan script communicated language, and has reinvigorated attempts to crack what is one of the lingering puzzles of ancient history. The group examined hundreds of Harappan texts and tested their structure against other known languages using a computer program. Every language, they suggest, possesses what is known as "conditional entropy": the degree of randomness in a given sequence. In English, for example, the letter "t" can be found preceding a whole variety of other letters, but instances of "tx" or "tz" are far more infrequent than "th" or "ta." "A written language comes about through this mix of built-in rules and flexible variables," says Mayank Vahia, an astrophysicist at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai who worked on the study. Quantifying this principle through computer probability tests, they determined the Harappan script had a similar measure of conditional entropy to other writing systems, including English, Sanskrit and Sumerian. If it mathematically looked and acted like writing, they concluded, then surely it is writing. But this is just a first step. Vahia and his colleagues hope to piece together a solid grammar from the sea of impenetrable Indus signs. Their August paper charted the likelihood of certain characters appearing in parts of a text - for example, a "fish" sign most frequently appeared in the middle of a sequence, a U-shaped "jar" sign toward the end. Bit by bit, the structure of the script is coming into view. "We want to find the bedrock against which all further interpretation of the language should be checked," says Vahia. Down the road, he imagines he could write in "flawless Harappan" - even though he may have no idea what the assembled sequences might mean. Rajesh Rao, associate professor of computer science at the University of Washington and co-author of the study, says the task ahead of them is "like a jigsaw puzzle, one where you try to fit meanings into patterns and sequences." At the moment, he and his team are wary of ascribing meaning to the signs - an act of conjecture, he says, that has led other Indus Valley experts in the past "to go too far." It doesn't help that, though long dead, the Harappan script sparks sometimes acrimonious debate in India over the nature of its origins: Scholars from southern India claim it ought to be linked to proto-Dravidian, the progenitor of languages like Tamil, while others think it is related to the Vedic Sanskrit of early Hinduism, the ancestor of Hindi and other languages spoken in India's north. And while cultural agendas within India have stymied collaborative efforts, the enmity between India and Pakistan has impeded archaeological breakthroughs. Ganeriwala, a desert site in Pakistan that possibly holds the ruins of one of the civilization's biggest cities on record, has yet to be properly excavated because it sits precariously along the heavily militarized border with India. More the shame, says Bryan Wells, a senior researcher at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, for solving the riddle of the Harappan script needs the involvement of people from all backgrounds. Wells, who was not part of Rao and Vahia's team, spent fifteen years painstakingly examining the disparate body of Indus Valley artifacts and compiling what is now the largest database of Harappan signs - some 676 in total. Even though no one knows the root language behind the script, he reckons greater cooperation and a monkish devotion to the task can slowly unravel more secrets. Wells and a colleague have already made significant progress in decoding the Harappan system of weight measurements. "What you need is to keep an open-mind, form a good idea and have others break it apart and expand it," he says. That process of careful scientific analysis and scrutiny will take years, probably decades. But it would be worth the wait. Scholars aren't even sure how this enigmatic civilization disappeared. Was it eradicated by conquest, washed away by floods, or did its people just blend into other migrations settling the Indian subcontinent? While Harappan cities were vast - Mohenjo-daro could have been populated by as many as 50,000 people, a staggering figure for such deep antiquity - they have left behind few towering monuments or epic ruins. Instead, we have clues in miniature, a copper figurine of a mercurial dancing girl, for example, and a treasure trove of delicately-carved seals, most no larger than a postage stamp. "They are a window into how these people were thinking," says Vahia. "And they can tell us, in a sense, why we are who we are." [Archaeology On-Line]. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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