An Introduction to the Ancient World

R.J. van der Spek, Lukas de Blois

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This third edition is thoroughly updated and some chapters are completely rewritten to cover recent historical research. Changes include:
• more attention to economic structures and developments, and to the history of the later Roman Empire (third to sixth centuries AD);
• incorporation of the results of recent archaeological and historical research, and recently published studies of ancient literature;
• ‘boxes’ that support the main text, on topics including economic and political systems, religion and terminology;
• redrawn maps and new, higher-quality images;
• the inclusion of useful websites in the bibliography.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages402
ISBN (Electronic)9781351245463
ISBN (Print)9780815372417, 9781138504561
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • ancient history
  • classics
  • assyriology
  • egyptology
  • archaeology
  • history
  • ancient studies


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