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 heritage of historic Mediterranean civilizations in the better context of its modern Eurasian world.

  • Innovative process organizes Greek and Roman historical past right into a unmarried chronology
  • Combines the conventional ancient tale with topics which are relevant to fashionable learn into the traditional international together with more than a few social, cultural, and political topics
  • Facilitates an knowing of the traditional Mediterranean global as a cohesion, simply because the Mediterranean global is in its flip awarded as a part of a bigger whole
  • Covers the full historical Mediterranean international from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
  • Features a various choice of photographs, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to help comprehension
  • English translation of a widely known Dutch e-book, De oudheid, now in its 3rd edition

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The rise of agriculture As the account on carrying capacity shows, agriculture enables a community to feed a larger number of people on the same territory. But what could have been the reason to increase the carrying capacity in the first place? On this, there are several different hypotheses. One, held by many, presupposes scarcity. That is, within a given area, either the population is growing, or natural resources are dwindling. Agriculture then is a way to combat scarcity. Another interesting hypothesis presupposes the wish to produce a surplus as an insurance against lean years.

The agrarian sector did produce for the market, and the manufactures and trade may have The Ecology of History been relatively unimportant, but were crucial for developing monetary economies. The Roman Empire in the first centuries AD is an interesting example of such a monetary economy. Neither should we deny economic life in antiquity all dynamism: we can again point to Rome, which in the 2nd and 3rd centuries had a dynamic and flourishing economy. We can see evidence of this from the number of shipwrecks, the number of coins, or the environmental pollution due to Roman industry, as already mentioned.

Lead was a by-product of silver mining and silver extraction, and mercury and arsenic were used in certain manufactures. An increase in the levels of atmospheric lead during the Roman Empire is visible in measurements taken from drill cores of polar ice or of lake sediments. Exchange Extremely simple communities with subsistence farming only are relatively rare. In the context of the ancient world, one will have to think almost exclusively of peasants: farmers who feed themselves and produce a surplus.

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