Today's politicians argue that the more 'connected' societies are the less danger they pose to global stability. But is this a 'new' idea or one as old as history itself? Trade routes as far back as prehistory were responsible for the exchange of ideas as well as goods, leading to the rapid expansion of states and empires. 'Connectivity in Antiquity' brings together a team of influential scholars to examine the process of globalization in antiquity. The essays examine metallurgy, social evolution, economic growth and the impact of religious pilgrimage, and range across the eastern Mediterranean, Syria, the Transjordan, south Yemen, and Egypt. 'Connectivity in Antiquity' will be of value to all those interested in the relationship between antiquity and modern globalisation.

chapter |5 pages

Introduction—Ancient Network Societies

ByØystein S. LaBianca, Sandra Arnold Scham

part One|51 pages

The ‘Space of Flows’ in Antiquity

part Two|54 pages

Cognitive Globalization in History

part |53 pages

Introduction to Section Two: Cognitive Globalization in History

chapter |20 pages

Organic Globalization and Socialization

BySheldon Lee Gosline

part |55 pages

Section Three: Antiquity and the Power of Identity

part |54 pages

Introduction to Section Three: Antiquity and the Power of Identity