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From the first cities of Sumeria and Babylon around 3500 BCE to the fall of the Rome and the bloody demise of the Aztecs, here--in 200 mini essays--are the critical leaders and wars; ideas and inventions; myths and religions, and art and architecture of the first 5000 years of recorded history.
Discover the spiritual, cultural, technological and artistic innovations of the ancient civilizations that still amaze and influence us today--from the Pyramids to the Parthenon to Macchu Picchu and the Great Wall of China; and from the first hieroglyphic writings and great epics of world literature to democracy and the Olympic Games. The great civilizations are brought to life in vivid illustrations with 200 maps, iconic artworks and ancient artifacts.
Contents include: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, The Persian Empire, Classic Greece, The Roman Republic, the Maya, The Inca and many more.
About the Author
Charles Phillips is the author of more than 35 books, including The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Aztec and Maya, The Complete Guide to the Catholic Faith, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Islam, The Illustrated History of the First Crusades and many other titles on history, mythology, and the arts.