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By Lukas De Blois, R. J. van der Spek

ISBN-10: 0415458277

ISBN-13: 9780415458276

Integrating the result of scholarly paintings from the earlier decade, the authors of An advent to the traditional global, Lukas de Blois and R.J. van der Spek, have fully-updated and revised all 16 chapters of this best-selling introductory textbook. masking the historical past and tradition of the traditional close to East, Greece and Rome in the framework of a quick narrative background of occasions, this ebook bargains an simply readable, built-in evaluation for college kids of historical past, classics, archaeology and philosophy, even if in school, at undergraduate point or one of the wider examining public.

This revised moment variation bargains a brand new part on early Christianity and extra particular details at the religions, economies, and societies of the traditional close to East. there's prolonged assurance of Greek, Macedonian and close to jap background of the fourth to moment centuries BC and the heritage of the overdue Roman Republic. the implications of Julius Caesar’s violent demise are lined in additional element, as are the background and society of Imperial Rome.

This new version is:

- entire: covers 3,000 years of historical historical past and offers the root for a regular one-semester course

- lavishly illustrated: includes maps, line drawings and plates to help and complement the textual content, with up to date captions

- basically and concisely written: proven and revered collage lecturers with thirty years' event within the topic areas

- well-organized: strains the extensive define of political background but in addition concentrates on specific topics

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These works, which comprise poetry, histories, laws, and wisdom literature, constitute the books of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, the basis of the Jewish religion and, together with the New Testament, also that of Christianity (see pp. 261–4). They have survived to this day because these religions, unlike all the others of the ancient Near East, never became extinct. A great problem for historians is that the texts were not written down in the form in which they have been preserved until relatively late, that is, during the Babylonian exile, around 550 BC or even later (see p.

Seated on the throne is the sun-god Shamash, who was also the god of justice, because the rays of the sun expose the evil practices that cannot bear the light of day. He is recognizable as the sun-god by the rays at his shoulders. Hammurabi is standing in front of the throne. The text contains a prologue, laws, and an epilogue. In the prologue Hammurabi introduces himself as the king whom the gods have appointed to ensure the maintenance of justice. ” The stele advises those who have suffered injustice to refer to the code of law.

Seated on the throne is the sun-god Shamash, who was also the god of justice, because the rays of the sun expose the evil practices that cannot bear the light of day. He is recognizable as the sun-god by the rays at his shoulders. Hammurabi is standing in front of the throne. The text contains a prologue, laws, and an epilogue. In the prologue Hammurabi introduces himself as the king whom the gods have appointed to ensure the maintenance of justice. ” The stele advises those who have suffered injustice to refer to the code of law.

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