Chronicles of the Ancient World – John Haywood

Chronicles of the Ancient World – John Haywood

The ancient world saw dramatic change and remarkable discovery, where history and myth stood side by side. It was a time when ground-breaking feats of intellectual, political and technological development were achieved, and the greatest of empires rose and fell.

Sumeria, c. 3500 BC, witnessed the birth of the world’s very first city by the rich and fertile banks of the Uruk. Over the next four millenia, the social and cultural landscape would change beyond recognition as many of history’s most important kingdoms and cities took root.

Interweaving Mesopotamian, Eyptian, Persian, Greek and Roman history, this book follows these burgeoning empires over 4,000 years, examining the delicate balance of power as they vied for territory, conquest and glory. From Alexander the Great’s 22,000-mile march on Persia to Attila the Hun’s plunder of the Roman empire, John Haywood brings the most crucial battles and decisive campaigns to life, and examines the extraordinary cultural achievements of these civilizations – the first written words, the spectacular works of architecture, the growth of democracy and the spread of religion – that changed our world forever.

Richly illustrated and vividly written, Chronicles of the Ancient World is a much-needed chronology of the events and ideas, great men and empires, that set the foundations of our own civilization.

Quercus, 2012.

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