By Michael Scott
Tom Holland, writer of Dynasty and Rubicon
Twenty-five-hundred years in the past, civilizations around the globe entered a innovative new period that overturned previous order and laid the basis for our international at the present time. within the face of big social adjustments throughout 3 continents, radical new types of govt emerged; effective wars have been fought over alternate, faith, and beliefs; and new faiths have been ruthlessly hired to unify huge empires. The histories of Rome and China, Greece and India-the tales of Constantine and Confucius, Qin Shi Huangdi and Hannibal-are the following printed to be interconnected incidents in the middle of a better drama.
In Ancient Worlds, historian Michael Scott offers a gripping narrative of this specific age in human civilization, exhibiting how different societies replied to comparable pressures and the way they inspired each other: via conquest and conversion, via exchange in humans, items, and ideas.
An bold reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds unearths new truths approximately our universal human heritage.
"A daring and creative page-turner that demanding situations principles in regards to the global of antiquity."
Peter Frankopan, writer of The Silk Roads
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Greeks in communities across the mainland, the Aegean islands and as far south as Crete struggled with how to conceptualise what kind of political society was most appropriate to these new economic and social realities. Some Greek cities near Athens, such as Corinth and Sicyon, were taken over by tyrants – strongmen who managed to seize power and hold on to it (and even, in some cases, pass it on to their descendants over several generations). Others, like the community of Dreros on Crete, or Chios in the Aegean, seem to have made tentative moves towards establishing a new social and political deal, with rights and responsibilities for the whole community.
Head of the ‘Colossus of Constantine’, now residing in the Musei Capitolini in Rome. (Getty Images) 17. Gold coin of Samudragupta, depicting the ritual of ashvamedha (horse sacrifice). (© Trustees of the British Museum) 18. ‘Asoka’s Pillar’, a monolith located at Allahabad Fort in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. (British Library) 19. Relief from the Temple at Deogarh in Uttar Pradesh, built circa 500 CE, known as the Dashavatara Temple as it represents the ten avatars of the god Vishnu. (Alamy) INTRODUCTION The ants were as big as wild foxes and they bored tunnels into the earth, mole-like, excavating soil into towering piles on the surface.
From the inception of the idea my agent Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh has offered tremendous (and humorous) support; and my editors at Hutchinson, Sarah Rigby and Richard T. Kelly, alongside Jocasta Hamilton and the rest of the fantastic Hutchinson team, have been indefatigable in their encouragement, ideas, comments, suggestions and good humour. Thank you to you all for believing in me and in this book. I am grateful also to Mandy Greenfield for her copy-editing, and to Jeff Edwards for drawing the maps.