#BookRecommendation The Ancient World by Hazel Mary Martell

Explore the people and the places of the past.

This book draws us into Prehistory, through the Fertile Crescent, down to Ancient Egypt, out to the Far East, through Aegean civilizations, back to Ancient Rome and Europe, exploring the Middle East, Africa, The Americas, and Oceania.

Archaeologists sift through the sands of time to bring forth the ancient civilizations that continue to enthrall us.

From the supposed birth of human kind of prehistoric humans, and the evolution of our species, to the people of the Ice Age.

The Ancient World extends across the fertile landscape that humans migrated to build towns, villages, and cities. We discover the first farmers and cities, Mesopotamia, and the extravagant Babylon. Through to the Hittites, Assyrians, and Chaldeans.

Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects to our history is the secrets and life of Ancient Egypt.

“Divided into three main periods: The Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom.”

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From 3100BC to 30BC, Egypt thrived with riches, rivers flowed to feed the masses, and the Golden Age saw the creation of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

We have heard of the Far East dynasties. Filled with myth and lore that span into modern-day theatre.

“Through the silk trade, the ancient Chinese had contact with many other civilizations.”

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These brutal dynasties left their mark on history and eventually caused division to spread. “Buddhist pilgrims in the 2nd century AD” travelled to India to start a new life. Mass tribes formed in the Indus Valley, and Empires and dynasties were established. From there, the rise of Hinduism and Buddhism spread.

“The Minoans of Crete, Mycenaeans, Dark Ages, Archaic period in which Sparta developed, and the Classical period of the Aegean civilizations”

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established a well-known period in history surrounded by exaggerated tales that seem plucked out of a movie than real-life. From 2500BC to 323BC boasted of Greece’s exploits. And perhaps two of the most well-known periods were that of Sparta, and the mass conqueror Alexander the Great whom conquered much of Europe and the Middle East.

Much of what has been created in our culture was influenced by the cultures amalgamated into Ancient Rome. Rome started as small villages, gaining in power to eventually grow into the political power of the Roman Empire.

Alexander the Great conquered the Middle East of Carthage, and Rome continued this mass invasion spanning the Jewish sects of the land of Israel, through to the Persian Empire, Palestine and Judea. With the conquering of these lands, Rome was eventually influenced by the growing popularity of Christianity.

Next, we step into Ancient Europe which stands the test of time through brutal invasions and growing settlements. These places boast of some of the most impressive megalithic monuments in the world. Through to the Bronze Age, Celtic civilisations, and search of new lands.

The story expands to the barren plains of Africa and beyond. The first humans originated from the grassy plains of Africa; however, over decades Africa slowly dried up, until the Ice Age eventually brought some relief from other continents. Africa was thrown into a severe drought, and was not directly affected by the Ice Age that consumed many parts of the world.

We travel back to 9000BC to 2000BC and study the lives of the first farmers of Africa, the Kingdom of Kush, Nok Culture, and the Kingdom of Axum.

The Ice Age separated the Americas from the rest of the world. So, they began building their diverse culture. From the early settlers in North America, to the Native cultures, and the great city of Teotihuacan. “The avenue of the dead run north to south… there was a Great compound… Where rulers lived in palaces.”

The book investigates the ancient mystery of why flourishing empires fell. The infamous Maya civilizations, and other South American civilizations that prospered for a time, then suddenly collapsed.

Lastly, we are introduced to the many islands and people that make up Oceania. The aboriginals of Australia, the people of the Pacific Islands, all the way to the most south-westerly point of the pacific triangle – New Zealand.

With a detailed glossary and chronology, it makes an easy read to pick up some useful information to incorporate into your next book.

If you ever wondered what history has taught us, then come and explore the vastness of all our cultures, and what influenced the world today.

Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

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