{download Pdf} Civilization Before Greece and RomeAuthor H.W.F. Saggs – Memovende.co

Readability 5 Rating 6 Not the easiest book in the world to read, but useful Saggs is not the most engaging writer, and he didn t waste any imagination organizing or presenting his material first let s talk about law, then about medicine, then about religion That being said, he does cover a lot of interesting ground, and comes across as a very competent conveyor of fact as well as presenter of convincing interpretations I also enjoyed the way he brought me very close to the primary materials without leaving me to fend for myself, as well as his clear delineation between what he perceived as relatively indisputable material and that to which much less certainty can be attached Finally, he gave me a glimpse of the richness of the archaeological record, and the effort that has gone into understanding it All in all, not fabulous, but worthwhile. This is an introductory overview of ancient near eastern civilizations, arranged topically It talksabout their ways of life than their history Most of the information is about Mesopotamians and Egyptians, although the Hittites, Israelites, and others are mentioned If you have read other books about these civilizations, you might not find much new material here But it seems like an excellent first book to read. This book provides a very general overview of civilizations which existed in the ancient near East prior to the beginning of the Hellenic Age Cultures covered include Egypt, Sumeria, Babylonia, Assyria, Phoenicia, Israel, Minoan Crete, and others As is common with books that attempt to survey a very broad topic, this volume is able to provide only the most general discussion of the vast number of topics it addresses. Very informative, but a little dry Good use of ancient texts and related scholarship to make his points I would definitely refer students doing a research project or paper to this book as a good place to start their research I have to confess that after the midway point I began to lose interest and started skimming through the latter chapters there are simply too many other books to read on my list He deserves credit though for a thoughtful summation of his topic. Enlightening The amount of documentary evidence profitably referenced is enough, on its own, to make the read worthwhile. The historiography seemed a bit dated Not as critical as it could have been, especially with respect to class, gender, etc all the interesting stuff As a broad strokes introduction, though, it served its purpose. Demasiado rido For Many Centuries It Was Accepted That Civilization Began With The Greeks And Romans During The Last Two Hundred Years, However, Archaeological Discoveries In Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, Syria, Anatolia, Iran, And The Indus Valley Have Revealed That Rich Cultures Existed In These Regions Some Two Thousand Years Before The Greco Roman Era In This Fascinating Work, HWF Saggs Presents A Wide Ranging Survey Of The Notable Achievements Of These Societies, Showing How Much The Ancient Peoples Of The Near And Middle East Have Influenced The Patterns Of Our Daily Lives Saggs Discusses The Invention Of Writing, Tracing It From The Earliest Pictograms Designed For Account Keeping To The Phoenician Alphabet, The Source Of The Greek And All European Alphabets He Investigates Teh Curricula, Teaching Methods, And Values Of The Schools From Which Scribes Graduated Analyzing The Provisions Of Some Of The Law Codes, He Illustrates The Operation Of International Law And The International Trade That It Made Possible Saggs Highlights The Creative Ways That These Ancient Peoples Used Their Natural Resources, Describing The Vast Works In Stone Created By The Egyptians, The Development Of Technology In Bronze And Iron, And The Introduction Of Useful Plants Into Regions Outside Their Natural Habitat In Chapters On Mathematics, Astronomy, And Medicine, He Offers Interesting Explanations About How Modern Calculations Of Time Derive From The Ancient World, How The Egyptians Practiced Scientific Surgery, And How The Babylonians Used Algebra The Book Concludes With A Discussion Of Ancient Religion, Showing Its Evolution From The Most Primitive Forms Toward Monotheism