The Reach of Rome explores these questions through an ingenious lens: the path of a single coin as it changes hands and traverses the vast realms of the empire in the year 115.
Author: Alberto Angela
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
In this unconventional and accessible history, Italian best-seller Alberto Angela literally follows the money to map the reach and power of the Roman Empire. To see a map of the Roman Empire at the height of its territorial expansion is to be struck by its size, stretching from Scotland to Kuwait, from the Sahara to the North Sea. What was life like in the Empire, and how were such diverse peoples and places united under one rule? The Reach of Rome explores these questions through an ingenious lens: the path of a single coin as it changes hands and traverses the vast realms of the empire in the year 115. Admired in his native Italy for his ability to bring history to life through narrative, Alberto Angela opens up the ancient world to readers who have felt intimidated by the category or put off by dry historical tomes. By focusing on aspects of daily life so often overlooked in more academic treatments, The Reach of Rome travels back in time and shows us a world that was perhaps not very different from our own. And by following the path of a coin through the streams of commerce, we can touch every corner of that world and its people, from legionnaires and senators to prostitutes and slaves. Through lively and detailed vignettes all based on archeological and historical evidence, Angela reveals the vast Roman world and its remarkable modernity, and in so doing he reinforces the relevance of the ancient world for a new generation of readers.
The train journeys are designed as luxury land cruises, and the trains are
outfitted with every comfort. The day coaches are plush, ... Contributing to the
feeling of time travel are the ancient lands of Scotland. Lowlands, highlands,
lochs and ...
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Author: Steve Tinney
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Penn Museum has a long and storied history of research and archaeological exploration in the ancient Middle East. This book highlights this rich depth of knowledge while also serving as a companion volume to the Museum's signature Middle East Galleries opening in April 2018. This edited volume includes chapters and integrated short, focused pieces from Museum curators and staff actively involved in the detailed planning of the new galleries. In addition to highlighting the most remarkable and interesting objects in the Museum's extraordinary Middle East collections, this volume illuminates the primary themes within these galleries (make, settle, connect, organize, and believe) and provides a larger context within which to understand them. The ancient Middle East is home to the first urban settlements in human history, dating to the fourth millennium BCE; therefore, tracing this move toward city life figures prominently in the book. The topic of urbanization, how it came about and how these early steps still impact our daily lives, is explored from regional and localized perspectives, bringing us from Mesopotamia (Ur, Uruk, and Nippur) to Islamic and Persianate cites (Rayy and Isfahan) and, finally, connecting back to life in modern Philadelphia. Through examination of topics such as landscape, resources, trade, religious belief and burial practices, daily life, and nomads, this very important human journey is investigated both broadly and with specific case studies.
Father Poiresson related that “Arabs” who asked him for money during his
pilgrimage to the Holy Land had picked the wrong person: he did not touch a
penny during his entire journey.26 In the nineteenth century, the Jesuits of the
Author: Heleen Murre-van den Berg
This volume presents a range of up-to-date studies on nineteenth-century Christian missions in the Middle East. Important themes are the history of Christian geopiety and the tensions between nationalist and internationalist interests, rival missionary organisations and conversionalist and civilizational aims.
‘Intensely alive to the landscape; its pasts, people and creatures’ Robert Macfarlane Take a journey into our ancient past.
Author: James Canton
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
‘Intensely alive to the landscape; its pasts, people and creatures’ Robert Macfarlane Take a journey into our ancient past. Explore a long-lost landscape and gradually discover the minds, beliefs and cultural practices of those souls who lived on these lands thousands of years before you.
SUMMARY In summing up our journey, you will learn about people and lands of
ancient times that have a direct influence on our present civilization. The
contributions that post flood Africans made to the world. You will observe the lives
of the ...
Author: Lynette Joseph-Bani
This book tells the story of a family that began in ancient Mesopotamia about 5000 BCE, whose descendants are scattered to several nations, some of whom reside in the Americas. The journey undertaken by descendants of this family saw them through seven major world powers; where in, millions today has survived slavery. The Biblical Journey of Slavery takes the reader through thousands of years to show who were this family and their current dilemma of identity in the Western world. Members of this family are refered to as Africans of the Diaspora. The Text takes an overview of those who came To The West via the 'Atlantic Slave Trade'. Decades spent in search of identity by one descendant of the family, Is the result of the Biblical journey of Slavery. The narrative provides a source of enlightenment for millions of displaced Africans who lost their identity, and illustrates the fulfillment of prophecies written over 3000 years ago. There are questions about the past that haunt members of Diaspora Africans; some of which are addressed in this journey. Diaspora Africans frustration, bewilderment and lack of comprehension have found many avenues of expression; one of these avenues is destructive anger against self and brother. There are lessons of history that will aid understanding and solve complex issues that currently face African nations, communities and families in the West. The text presented will shed light on misconceptions, misunderstanding and deception plaguing millions who grope for their rightful place in society. The journey undertaken will visit ancient lands and show from maps, illustrations and undeniable evidence, episodes that connect Africans to their ancestral past that should have shaped their world. The revelation presented is a topic which time has come. Africans of the Diaspora will learn the root causes of their dilemma And The solution for healing, As visits to their ancestral lands, And The knowledge of their ancestral great contributions To The world is defined. There have been recorded detailed documented plans set in place and carried out by Christian slave owners to gain control not only of the physical body of the slave but to execute physiological mastery of the Captives mind (Example: The Lynch letter). The conditions imposed on the African in Western society, created a legacy of psychological damage. Whether Diaspora Africans' history is hidden by circumstances or design, their dilemma is in part rooted in lack of knowledge of their history and of those who oppress them. This unfortunate scenario will continue unless changes are set in place to educate To The contrary. it is important for this generation to set a precedent that will bring about that change. The journey From Egypt To The Americas: The Biblical Journey of Slavery will bring to light the Biblical Heritage of these dispersed Africans. Millions will appreciate and grasp the gravity of the present system responsible for moulding them into the spiritually twisted people the majority are today. There are issues needed to be addressed for Diaspora Africans who search for answers relevant to their past. A past that began a long time before their ancestors were captured and enslaved in the Americas. Resounding questions include; "I wonder what my real name was?" No longer satisfied with their former slave masters' name many have changed their names reflecting their desire to connect with the past. "What were the culture and religion of my forefathers?" Their confirmation to Christianity did not erase the persecution and oppression by the ones who introduced them To The religion. The most reverberated question of all, is, "Why can't Africans/Black People unite?" "Why are we so hated by other races?" "Why do we hate and destroy each other?" the destructive behaviour of Black on Black crime is seen presently in many former colonized African nations, In their communities, and on the Continent itself the Bible has the answers to many questions that haunt Diaspora Africans because the Bible is a history book about African People. The prophet Moses and his wife were Black Africans; this information is found in the Bible, yet is unknown To The masses. Investigation on the characters of scripture will lead To The ancient cities of Mesopotamia/Middle East, and reveal that the early Bible Patriarchs from Mesopotamia, many of their descendants are found in remote villages of African nations and linked to Africans of the Western Diaspora. What is learned from this book, Is the result of many years of research, and brings together information from various sources to answer puzzling questions in one concise volume. it represents a foundational guide to those who have been confused about the current dilemma of identity that the African Diaspora finds itself in today, either as observers or as members.
Accounts of journeys, places, events, objects or people would have been told
and retold, spun and rewoven by generations around hearths at home, while
putting their dead into the ground or revisiting places of ancient significance.
Author: Olivia Lelong
The upgrading of part of the A1 road in East Lothian prompted the excavation of 11 archaeological sites. This book draws together the results of the excavations and presents the story of human practice in the changing landscapes of ancient Lothian.
Alexandra Pratt retraces the steps of the remarkable Mina Hubbard, who in 1905 undertook an astonishing 600 mile river journey through a wild and ancient land to restore the reputation of her late husband who had died on the same route.
Author: Alexandra Pratt
In 1903, a young journalist from New York decided to mount an expedition inland from Lake Melville on the USA's eastern Atlantic coast and across the interior to Ungava Bay, a distance of almost 1,000 kilometres. The explorer was Leonidas Hubbard, and he perished in the attempt. Two years later, his widow, Mina set out to complete the expedition.It was Mina's writings that provided the inspiration for Alexandra Pratt's own journey. Having heard "the siren song of a lonely wind on desolate tundra", Pratt sets off to retrace Mina's route, hindered both by a small budget and (by her own admission) a high degree of naivety. Neither is ideal for a journey to the little-known interior of Labrador, one of the world's truly wild places. Fortunately, Pratt is accompanied by an Innu guide, Jean-Pierre Ashini, who keeps her alive when she leaves their axe behind in the forest, swamps their only canoe and is generally debilitated by the mosquitoes, the rapids and the prospect of meeting a bear.
Posidonius returned home and wrote a book about his travels among the Celts, which became one of the most popular books of ancient times.
Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Early in the first century B.C. a Greek philosopher named Posidonius began an ambitious and dangerous journey into the little-known lands of the Celts. A man of great intellectual curiosity and considerable daring, Posidonius traveled from his home on the island of Rhodes to Rome, the capital of the expanding empire that had begun to dominate the Mediterranean. From there Posidonius planned to investigate for himself the mysterious Celts, reputed to be cannibals and savages. His journey would be one of the great adventures of the ancient world. Posidonius journeyed deep into the heart of the Celtic lands in Gaul. There he discovered that the Celts were not barbarians but a sophisticated people who studied the stars, composed beautiful poetry, and venerated a priestly caste known as the Druids. Celtic warriors painted their bodies, wore pants, and decapitated their foes. Posidonius was amazed at the Celtic women, who enjoyed greater freedoms than the women of Rome, and was astonished to discover that women could even become Druids. Posidonius returned home and wrote a book about his travels among the Celts, which became one of the most popular books of ancient times. His work influenced Julius Caesar, who would eventually conquer the people of Gaul and bring the Celts into the Roman Empire, ending forever their ancient way of life. Thanks to Posidonius, who could not have known that he was recording a way of life soon to disappear, we have an objective, eyewitness account of the lives and customs of the ancient Celts.
Studies the complex system of trade exchanges and commerce that profoundly changed Roman society.
Author: Raoul McLaughlin
Publisher: A&C Black
Studies the complex system of trade exchanges and commerce that profoundly changed Roman society.