By Michael Scott
Tom Holland, writer of Dynasty and Rubicon
Twenty-five-hundred years in the past, civilizations around the globe entered a progressive new period that overturned outdated order and laid the root for our international at the present time. within the face of big social adjustments throughout 3 continents, radical new varieties of govt emerged; strong wars have been fought over alternate, faith, and beliefs; and new faiths have been ruthlessly hired to unify giant empires. The histories of Rome and China, Greece and India-the tales of Constantine and Confucius, Qin Shi Huangdi and Hannibal-are the following printed to be interconnected incidents in the course of a better drama.
In Ancient Worlds, historian Michael Scott offers a gripping narrative of this distinctive age in human civilization, exhibiting how varied societies replied to related pressures and the way they prompted each other: via conquest and conversion, via exchange in humans, items, and concepts.
An bold reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds finds new truths approximately our universal human heritage.
"A daring and ingenious page-turner that demanding situations rules concerning the international of antiquity."
Peter Frankopan, writer of The Silk Roads
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They offered a solution to a multitude of problems: a chance to rid Athens of Spartan presence, a chance to reorganise their military capabilities, and a chance to give themselves greater say in the political process. In the fields, homes and streets of Athens, the word on people’s lips was ‘Cleisthenes’. The strength of this popular support stung Isagoras into recalling Cleomenes and his Spartan troops in order to bolster his own position. Cleomenes had been willing to relieve Athens of a tyrant, but he had no enthusiasm for the project of Cleisthenes: he preferred the Athenian political system just as it was – in the hands of a group of aristocrats, and as a natural military ally for Sparta.
Godong / robertharding / Getty Images) 14. Gold coin of Gupta ruler Samudragupta, depicting his father Chandragupta I and Queen Kumaradevi. (© Trustees of the British Museum) 15. Copper engraving circa 1700 depicting the baptism of Armenian king Tiridates the Great by Gregory ‘the Illuminator’. (akg-images) 16. Head of the ‘Colossus of Constantine’, now residing in the Musei Capitolini in Rome. (Getty Images) 17. Gold coin of Samudragupta, depicting the ritual of ashvamedha (horse sacrifice). (© Trustees of the British Museum) 18.
In time it would guide Rome to become the undisputed power of the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, for the small state of Lu in what is today’s eastern China, it was a time when state was pitted against state. Lu’s duke was an ineffectual ruler, and its principal families exercised overwhelming and corrupt power. A man already in his early fifties took up his first official appointment within the state bureaucracy. His goal was a new form of governance and order, motivated by humaneness and justice, to be embodied in the figure of a wise and righteous ruler.
Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity by Michael Scott