By Michael Scott
Tom Holland, writer of Dynasty and Rubicon
Twenty-five-hundred years in the past, civilizations world wide entered a progressive new period that overturned outdated order and laid the basis for our global this present day. within the face of big social alterations throughout 3 continents, radical new varieties of executive emerged; strong wars have been fought over alternate, faith, and beliefs; and new faiths have been ruthlessly hired to unify immense empires. The histories of Rome and China, Greece and India-the tales of Constantine and Confucius, Qin Shi Huangdi and Hannibal-are right here published to be interconnected incidents in the middle of a better drama.
In Ancient Worlds, historian Michael Scott offers a gripping narrative of this detailed age in human civilization, displaying how assorted societies replied to related pressures and the way they inspired each other: via conquest and conversion, via exchange in humans, items, and concepts.
An formidable reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds unearths new truths approximately our universal human heritage.
"A daring and inventive page-turner that demanding situations rules in regards to the international of antiquity."
Peter Frankopan, writer of The Silk Roads
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As recent narratives of trade across the ancient world have shown us, by the first century CE Chinese silk was being worn by the aristocrats (both women and men) of Rome and Carthage. Roman merchants were sailing as far as southern Arabia and Tamil India, and it was claimed that fifty million sesterces annually were passing from Roman coffers into India, in exchange for precious spices, incense and other luxury goods. 36 And with the movement of these goods, and the people who transported them, travelled a cornucopia of ideas, knowledge and beliefs that would change the very fibre of ancient cultures from the Mediterranean to China and beyond.
But even more importantly, as we stand in the eddies of a new era of globalisation in the twenty-first century, with China keen to build a new Silk Road to connect East and West through trade, it is crucial that we realise we have been here before. 38 This book seeks to remind us of an era of emerging world consciousness in our ancient past, which in many ways mirrors the position we find ourselves in today. Its focus is not on the objects that were transported, but on the developing relationships within and between human communities, as well as those between human and divine worlds, from the sixth century BCE to the beginning of the fifth century CE.
Pedicini) 3. Horatius Coclès défendant le pont du Sublicius by Charles de Brun c. 1642–43. (akg-images) 4. Silk painting (probably Song Dynasty) showing Confucius lecturing students circa 500 BCE. (Getty Images / Howard Sochurek) 5. Der Schwur Hannibals by Januarius Zick, circa 1785–1795. (© Städtische Museum: Augustinermuseum-Freiburg) 6. Hannibal’s march across the Alps, from the Illustrated History of the World for the English People (c. 1880s). (Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images) 7. Bust of Antiochus III ‘the Great’, Seleucid king, 241–187 BCE.