Category: Ancient History

Download Conquer and Govern: Early Chinese Military Texts from the Yi by Robin McNeal PDF

By Robin McNeal

China’s Warring States period (ca. 5th–3rd century BCE) used to be the surroundings for an explosion of textual construction, and the most subtle and enduring genres of writing from this era used to be the army textual content. Social and political adjustments have been pushed largely by way of the expanding scope and scale of battle, and a few of the simplest minds of the day (including Sunzi, whose Art of War remains to be extensively learn) dedicated their recognition to the systematic research of all components occupied with waging warfare. Conquer and Govern makes to be had for the 1st time in any Western language a corpus of army texts from a protracted overlooked Warring States compendium of ancient, political, army, and formality writings often called the Yi Zhou shu, or rest of the Zhou Documents.

The texts articulate concretely and vividly the connection among army conquest of an enemy and incorporation of conquered territories into one’s civilian executive, expressed dynamically during the paired chinese language inspiration of wen and wu, the civil and the martial. Exploring this conceptual dyad because it developed around the Warring States period into the early Western Han (ca. 2nd–1st century BCE) offers an alternate view of the social and highbrow background of classical China—one established now not totally on philosophical works yet on a fancy array of ideological writings interested by the simply, potent, and applicable use of country strength. furthermore, this examine offers a cautious reconstruction of the poetic constitution of those texts; analyzes their position within the broader discourse on struggle and governance in early China; introduces the numerous textual content old difficulties of the Yi Zhou shu itself; and gives an artificial research of early chinese language wondering conflict, approach, and the early state’s use of coercive power.

Conquer and Govern will discover a prepared viewers between experts and scholars of chinese language philosophy and historical past, relatively these drawn to the historical past of army inspiration and perform, and comparative philosophy.

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Download The Axial Age and Its Consequences by Robert N. Bellah,Hans Joas PDF

By Robert N. Bellah,Hans Joas

This e-book makes the daring declare that highbrow sophistication used to be born all over the world throughout the heart centuries of the 1st millennium bce. From Axial Age thinkers we inherited a feeling of the area as a spot not only to event yet to enquire, envision, and change. numerous utopian visions emerged and resulted in either reform and repression.

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Download The Rhetoric of Numbers in Gibbon's History by F. P. Lock PDF

By F. P. Lock

Gibbon aspired to mix the severe research of the eighteenth-century philosophe with the older traditions of the humanist and scholarly historian. His diversified makes use of of numbers, to notify and to cajole, illustrate his impressive fusion of those methods. This publication, the 1st to be dedicated to a historian’s use of numbers, indicates how rigorously Gibbon interrogated and deployed the numerical facts in his resources to create a extra actual old narrative; to illustrate his personal reliability and candor as a historian; and to persuade readers of the validity of his interpretations of characters and occasions.

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Download The Coming of Rome (Routledge Revivals) by John Wacher PDF

By John Wacher

The Coming of Rome, first released in 1979, examines a few easy positive aspects of Roman Britain: the towns, the cities, and the monuments of an city tradition. J.S. Wacher considers the facts, commonly from inscriptions, of the folk who inhabited or visited Britain in the course of nearly the 1st centuries of Roman rule.


The Roman conquest of england and the revolutionary extension of Roman keep watch over marked a dramatic transformation of British society. even if there has been a lot touch among pre-Roman Britain and the Continent, the arrival of Romanisation intended incorporation right into a a lot better financial system. yet Britain stood on probably the most far-off frontiers of the Roman global, and the Romano-British society which progressively advanced was once therefore distinctive.


Profusely illustrated all through, The Coming of Rome will entice historians and archaeologists, in addition to the overall reader drawn to one of the most formative centuries of Britain’s improvement.

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Download Jesus und Tiberius: Zwei Söhne Gottes (German Edition) by Carsten Peter Thiede PDF

By Carsten Peter Thiede

Als der historische Jesus ungefähr im Jahr 7 v. Chr. geboren wird, herrscht noch Augustus als Kaiser. Im Jahr 14 n. Chr. beginnt die Regentschaft von Tiberius, und da er seinen Vorgänger zum »Divus«, zum »Vergöttlichten« ausrufen läßt, wird er zum »Filius Divi«, zum Sohn Gottes. Das aber ist genau der Titel, der im Lukasevangelium für den noch ungeborenen Jesus in Anspruch genommen wird. Carsten Peter Thiede erzählt das Leben des Religionsgründers und das des römischen Kaisers vor dem Hintergrund der religions- und machtpolitischen Auseinandersetzung zwischen Kaiserkult und jüdischem Messiasglauben. Diese parallele Betrachtung der scheinbar unvergleichbaren Kontrahenten gab es bisher nicht, und sie führt zu überraschenden Perspektiven. Denn mit diesem Blick auf den historischen Jesus wird eine Darstellung auch der römischen Sichtweise möglich, und manches verschüttete Quellenmaterial macht erstaunlich neuen Sinn. Bravourös vergegenwärtigt Thiede einen geschichtlichen second, der sich als einer der Wendepunkte der Weltgeschichte herausstellen wird: In der culture der Doppelbiographie, die von Plutarch erfunden und zuletzt von Alan Bullock zu einem vorläufigen Höhepunkt geführt wurde, erzählt er von einem Sohn Gottes, den die Weltgeschichte vergessen hat, und von einem, der Weltgeschichte schrieb.

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Download Blood Brother: A History of Israel's Enemy by James D. Long PDF

By James D. Long

This ebook is an exam of the historic fight among the Biblical twins Jacob and Esau. Their opposing worldviews have nurtured complete cultures and is the resource of a centuries-long conflict of civilizations.

The Jewish Sages train that the bloody legacy of Esau/Edom spawned the Roman Empire, nurtured the rules of Europe and fuels a rampant consumerism that also drives the fashionable Western international.

James Donald lengthy unearths the strong forces that motivated Esau and Jacob to take very divergent paths. lengthy additionally strains little-known geographical and ancestral milestones that hyperlink Esau/Edom on to the founding of the Roman Empire.

He additionally discusses at size, the usually maligned and misunderstood procedure of sacrificial offerings.
 
Long can be the writer of Riddle of the Exodus:Startling Parallels among old Jewish resources & the Egyptian Archaeological Record

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Download Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesarea by Terence L. Donaldson PDF

By Terence L. Donaldson

we all know how the tale of the Roman Empire ended with the "triumph" of Christianity and the eventual Christianization of the Roman Mediterranean. yet how may spiritual existence have seemed to an observer at a time whilst the conversion of the emperor was once just a Christian pipe dream? and the way would it not have seemed in a single specific urban, instead of within the Roman Empire as a complete?

This quantity takes an in depth examine the spiritual size of lifestyles in a single specific Roman urban Caesarea Maritima, at the Mediterranean coast of Judea. Caesarea used to be marked by way of a posh non secular id from the outset. over the years, different non secular teams, together with Christianity, Mithraism and Samaritanism, chanced on a house within the urban, the place they jostled with one another, and with these already current, for place, impression and the technique of survival.

Written by means of a crew of pro students and promising newbies, this booklet brings a brand new standpoint to the examine of faith in antiquity. besides the planned objective to appreciate faith as an city phenomenon, Religious Rivalries and the fight for achievement in Caesarea Maritima stories spiritual teams as a part of the dynamic technique of social interplay, spanning a spectrum from coexistence, via festival and competition, to open clash. The cumulative result's a clean and engaging examine considered one of antiquity’s best towns.

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Download Agrippina atrox ac ferox – Tacitus’ depiction of Agrippina by Diana Beuster PDF

By Diana Beuster

Seminar paper from the yr 2008 within the topic background - international background - Early and old heritage, grade: A, Indiana collage, language: English, summary: Agrippina the more youthful turns out to fascinate not just for contemporary authors or motion picture makers, but in addition old writers and artists. not just was once Agrippina minor standard as version for statues or photographs on cash, she extensively utilized to play frequently an immense function within the tales of historic authors like Tacitus, Suetonius or Cassius Dio. She sticks out within the description of these authors, characterised ordinarily as evil and grasping for energy, interfering the companies of the emperors and hence completely un-female, if now not even completely male in her character.
The paper covers biographical evidence in addition to Agrippina’s depiction in literary resources, her family to the emperors of her family members in addition to her commemoration on cash. moreover, Agrippina’s activities, specially her political activities are defined and the impression which they'd on Roman society and on her characterization via Tacitus.

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Download Peoples of the Sea (Ages in Chaos Book 3) by Immanuel Velikovsky PDF

By Immanuel Velikovsky

“Peoples of the ocean” is, in a few feel, the end result of the sequence “Ages in Chaos.” during this quantity the faulty time shift of classical heritage reaches its greatest span - 800 years!
With rigorously documented facts and undeniable arguments, Velikovsky locations Ramses III firmly into the 4th century B.C. thereby fixing, as soon as and for all, a number of conundrums that historians have been faced with some time past. He unveils the awesome identification of the so-called “Peoples of the Sea”, clarifies the function of the Philistines and solves the enigma of the Dynasty of monks.
This quantity leads Velikovsky's revised chronology as much as the time of Alexander the place it links-up with the documents of classical chronology. In an in depth complement Velikovsky delves into the basic query of ways any such dramatic shift in chronology can have occur. reading the most pillars of Egyptian chronology, he issues out the place the main dramatic blunders have been made and addresses the misperception underlying the “astronomical chronology”.
In one more complement he discusses the very attention-grabbing conclusions that may be drawn from radiocarbon trying out on Egyptian (archeological) finds.

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Download 1177 v. Chr.: Der erste Untergang der Zivilisation (German by Eric H. Cline,Hermann Parzinger,Cornelius Hartz PDF

By Eric H. Cline,Hermann Parzinger,Cornelius Hartz

Im Jahr 1177 v. Chr. stehen die ersten großen Zivilisationen unserer Menschheit vor dem Untergang. Marodierende Seevölker bedrohen Ägypten unter König Ramses III. Wie Dominosteine fallen Mykene, Troja und Milet nach Jahrhunderten des Aufstiegs und des Glanzes. Konnte das allein das Werk der Seevölker sein? In seinem internationalen Bestseller erzählt Eric H. Cline die packende Geschichte vom »ersten Untergang der Zivilisation": Erst durch die katastrophale Summe von Krieg, Revolten, Wirtschaftskollaps und Naturkatastrophen stürzte die erste große Zivilisation für Jahrhunderte in die Dunkelheit. Folgen Sie dem für den Pulitzer-Preis vorgeschlagenen Autor Eric H. Cline in eines der spannendsten Kapitel der Menschheitsgeschichte!

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