An Introduction to the Ancient World offers a thorough survey of the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome. Covering the social, political, economic and cultural processes that have influenced later western and Near Eastern civilisations, this volume considers subjects such as the administrative structures, economies and religions of the ancient Near East, Athenian democracy, the development of classical Greek literature, the interaction of cultures in the Hellenistic world, the political and administrative system of the Roman Republic and empire, and the coming of Christianity, all within the broad outline of political history.

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.

An Introduction to the Ancient World provides an easily readable, user-friendly, integrated overview for students of ancient history, classics and archaeology. Lavishly illustrated, clearly and concisely written, and well organised, this fully updated and revised edition will remain a key resource for students beginning to investigate the civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean.

chapter |5 pages


part I|74 pages

The ancient Near East

chapter Chapter 2|7 pages

The third millennium

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

The second millennium

chapter Chapter 4|17 pages

The first millennium

chapter Chapter 5|11 pages


chapter Chapter 6|10 pages

Economy and society

chapter Chapter 7|5 pages


part II|108 pages

The Greek world

chapter Chapter 8|2 pages

The Early Iron Age: ‘THE DARK AGES’ (c. 1200–c. 750 bc)

‘The Dark Ages’

chapter Chapter 9|33 pages

The Archaic period, (c. 750–c. 500 bc)

chapter Chapter 10|41 pages

The Classical period (c. 500–c. 330 bc)

chapter Chapter 11|30 pages

The Hellenistic world (c. 330–c. 30 bc)

part III|185 pages


chapter Chapter 12|33 pages

Early Roman history (753–265 bc)

chapter Chapter 13|20 pages

Further expansion AND new social tensions (264–133 bc)

chapter Chapter 14|26 pages

The century of the civil wars (133–30 bc)

chapter Chapter 15|63 pages

The early imperial age (27 bc–ad 193)

chapter Chapter 16|38 pages

The crisis of the third century ad and late antiquity

chapter Chapter 17|3 pages