By Michael Scott
Tom Holland, writer of Dynasty and Rubicon
Twenty-five-hundred years in the past, civilizations worldwide entered a innovative new period that overturned outdated order and laid the root for our global this present day. within the face of huge social adjustments throughout 3 continents, radical new types of executive emerged; powerful wars have been fought over exchange, faith, and beliefs; and new faiths have been ruthlessly hired to unify monstrous 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 provides a gripping narrative of this certain age in human civilization, displaying how diversified societies replied to related pressures and the way they inspired each other: via conquest and conversion, via alternate in humans, items, and ideas.
An formidable reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds finds new truths approximately our universal human heritage.
"A daring and innovative page-turner that demanding situations principles in regards to the international of antiquity."
Peter Frankopan, writer of The Silk Roads
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This epoch has been a great and obvious boon to the cause of global history – notably so ever since 1949 when the German historian Karl Jaspers published his hugely influential Vom Ursprung und Ziel der Geschichte (The Origin and Goal of History). Therein Jaspers outlined his concept of an ‘Axial Age’ in the ancient world from the Mediterranean to China, dating from 800 to 200 BCE – a time when, across cultures and civilisations not necessarily themselves connected, there was an overlapping rejection of old wisdom and a search for new understandings and explanations across philosophy, science, religion and politics.
546 BCE: Peisistratus re-establishes himself as tyrant of Athens for third time. 534 BCE: Lucius Tarquinius Superbus becomes King of Rome 520 BCE: Cleomenes I becomes King of Sparta 517 BCE: Political crisis in Lu: Duke Ding and Confucius exiled from the state of Lu and go to the state of Qi 514 BCE: Hipparchus, co-tyrant of Athens, is killed by Harmodius and Aristogeiton 510 BCE: Hippias, co-tyrant of Athens, is expelled by a popular revolt supported by Cleomenes 510–09 BCE: The ‘Rape of Lucretia’ leads to the ousting of Tarquinius and the birth of Rome’s republic 509 BCE: Battle of the Arsian Forest for future of Rome 509 BCE: Duke Ding and Confucius return to the state of Lu 508 BCE: Etruscan king Lars Porsenna tries and fails to take Rome; Horatius Cocles defends Rome 508–7 BCE: Would-be tyrant Isagoras is expelled from Athens and democratic reforms are instituted under Cleisthenes 501 BCE: Confucius receives his first government appointment under Duke Ding 497–5 BCE: Confucius and his disciples quit Lu after Duke Ding receives 80 beautiful girls from powerful Lu families.
His proposal is thought to have consisted of two main elements. First, Cleisthenes suggested that the smallest civic units – the demes (roughly equivalent to modern-day boroughs) – should form the basis for all civic engagement, rights and responsibilities. 8 What made these new tribes so revolutionary was that their composition was engineered so as to explicitly break up the aristocratic power-blocs inherent in the old tribal structure, giving each tribe an equal say and equal power in the running of the state.
Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity by Michael Scott