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By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context presents a chronological creation to the background of old Mediterranean civilizations in the greater context of its modern Eurasian world.
- leading edge procedure organizes Greek and Roman historical past right into a unmarried chronology
- Combines the conventional old tale with topics which are primary to fashionable learn into the traditional international together with various social, cultural, and political topics
- allows an figuring out of the traditional Mediterranean global as a team spirit, simply because the Mediterranean global is in its flip provided as a part of a bigger whole
- Covers the complete old Mediterranean international from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
- encompasses a diversified number of photos, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to assist comprehension
- English translation of a well known Dutch booklet, De oudheid, now in its 3rd version

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Also, from about 1200 BC, Mongolian nomads, and in the first centuries AD, the Turks, played an important part. But usually the successes obtained by the invaders from Central Asia were short-lived, as the communities of farmers on the periphery were so populous: the invaders were almost always absorbed by the groups they tried to subject. 16 Introduction Agricultural yields An enlarged carrying capacity does not imply abundance. On the one hand, the increased food production is offset by a growing population (demographic growth may even have preceded the introduction of agriculture, as was suggested earlier).

How complex all these developments may have been can be illustrated by the case of pottery. In near-eastern cultures, ceramic pottery appeared at the latest in the course of the 7th millennium BC. In the 6th millennium BC, the potter’s oven was known here. In Southeast Asia, the production of ceramic pottery hardly started later, whereas in northeastern China, Korea, and Japan, pottery probably had already made its appearance even before the transition to agriculture had taken place; recent discoveries in southern China even suggest ceramic pottery going back a few thousand years into the Paleolithic.

Amortization, is a recent development. This does not imply, of course, that ancient individuals were incapable of rational thought. Only, they never got round to thinking some things that were only thought of at some later date. The preceding need not lead to an unduly primitivist view of the pre-industrial economy. The agrarian sector did produce for the market, and the manufactures and trade may have The Ecology of History been relatively unimportant, but were crucial for developing monetary economies.

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