Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context by Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

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By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context offers a chronological creation to the background of old Mediterranean civilizations in the better context of its modern Eurasian world.

  • Innovative procedure organizes Greek and Roman historical past right into a unmarried chronology
  • Combines the normal historic tale with matters which are valuable to trendy study into the traditional international together with a number social, cultural, and political topics
  • Facilitates an knowing of the traditional Mediterranean global as a harmony, simply because the Mediterranean global is in its flip offered as a part of a bigger whole
  • Covers the complete old Mediterranean global from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
  • Features a various selection of photos, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to help comprehension
  • English translation of a well known Dutch ebook, De oudheid, now in its 3rd edition

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Assuming that the societies of antiquity are comparable to other pre-industrial societies—and there is no reason to think otherwise—a high mortality rate of about 40 per thousand would have been compensated by a high birth rate (about 40 to 45 per thousand). 5%. 5% is quite considerable: if this continues year after year, the cumulative effect means that a population will double in 140 years. It seems likely that for most of the time the ancient world did not keep up such growth rates for long.

Models derived from anthropology may throw some light on the life of Paleolithic bands from about 30,000 to 40,000 years ago, that is bands of members of the genus Homo sapiens. It is doubtful whether such models also hold good for the Neanderthal and other early humans. A community of hunters-gatherers must have employed clever strategies to survive: they tried to provide food and other essentials such as animal skins for clothing and tents and raw materials for tool making with a minimum of effort and a minimum of risk.

Initially, in the 10th and 9th millennia BC, agriculture was restricted to the Fertile Crescent stretching from Israel into Iran, although it cannot be excluded that already in this period much farther to the east in various places an independent development toward agriculture had taken off. For the rest, however, in vast areas the Paleolithic lived on. In the course of the 7th millennium BC, the agricultural way of life spread via Anatolia (modernday Turkey) to Greece and the Balkans, and in the 6th millennium along the river valleys of the Danube and the Rhine further to Western Europe.

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