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

By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context presents a chronological advent to the historical past of old Mediterranean civilizations in the better context of its modern Eurasian world.
- cutting edge procedure organizes Greek and Roman historical past right into a unmarried chronology
- Combines the conventional ancient tale with matters which are valuable to fashionable examine into the traditional global together with a number of social, cultural, and political topics
- enables an realizing of the traditional Mediterranean international as a solidarity, simply because the Mediterranean global is in its flip awarded as a part of a bigger whole
- Covers the whole old Mediterranean global from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
- incorporates a different choice of photos, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to assist comprehension
- English translation of a well known Dutch booklet, De oudheid, now in its 3rd variation

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For most times and places, the sources do not inform us about some or all of these factors. Also, migration is always a distorting factor when a population is reconstructed on the basis of supposedly general patterns, at least when one is interested in the size and the development of the population of an individual region or settlement. The same applies to the relatively short-term effects of war, famine, epidemic disease, and natural disasters. 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).

On the other hand, agriculture in the ancient world can increase the carrying capacity only ever so much. The yields we may expect in ancient agriculture, especially in arable farming, must have been very much lower than those obtained today with the introduction of modern systematic plant breeding and the use of fertilizers. In order to estimate how much lower the yields were, we need detailed information on soil, climate, crops, crop rotation, and fallow. The influence of soil and climate is obvious; even microclimates and microenvironments can make all the difference—but if we want to say anything at all, we will have to generalize.

A Neolithic phase characterized by habitation in villages and the growing of barley, wheat, and other cereals, was followed, again rather suddenly, around 1500 BC by a highly developed Bronze Age culture. The bronze was used for ritual kettles, gongs, bells, and vessels, as well as for arms and chariots. The latter, drawn by horses, point to contacts with the steppe regions to the west. Presumably, horses and chariots had been introduced into China by people from Early Civilizations in Eurasia Figure 6 Chinese burial site with traces of a chariot (c.

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