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By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk W. Singor

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context offers a chronological advent to the historical past of historical Mediterranean civilizations in the greater context of its modern Eurasian world.

  • Innovative technique organizes Greek and Roman heritage right into a unmarried chronology
  • Combines the normal ancient tale with topics which are crucial to trendy study into the traditional international together with more than a few social, cultural, and political topics
  • Facilitates an realizing of the traditional Mediterranean global as a cohesion, simply because the Mediterranean global is in its flip offered as a part of a bigger whole
  • Covers the total old Mediterranean global from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.
  • Features a various selection of photographs, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to assist comprehension
  • English translation of a widely known Dutch publication, De oudheid, now in its 3rd edition

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In the gradual extension of the areas of Neolithic culture, therefore, diseases must have played their role, however hard it is for us to qualify, let alone to quantify that role. That extension must have been the result of various contributing factors: population growth, erosion of the soil used for agriculture forcing people to move to other grounds within a few years, and probably also the adoption of the Neolithic way of life by peripheral human groups. Often, however, contacts between Neolithic people and groups still living in a Paleolithic hunting culture must have been fatal for the latter: not only numerically but also physically, they more often than not must have succumbed to the carriers of both a new culture and new diseases.

At the same time, the transition to agriculture and herding was accompanied by the spread of new diseases caused by microparasites to which humans as hunters had not been exposed to such an extent before. In all probability, the Neolithic transition must initially even have weakened the population groups involved, but in the long run it must have given them, in contrast with the groups of hunters outside their territory, a certain immunity against many of 33 34 Before 900 BC these diseases. Moreover, the higher density of population in an agricultural society caused certain diseases to become endemic in that population.

Probably the females were the ones who were exchanged between bands, and who were incorporated into the bands of their male partners. It seems likely that the bands who shared a social territory were a homogenous group as far as dialect and certain elements of their culture were concerned, though scattered across a huge area. Religion and art The spiritual world of Paleolithic humankind is largely unknown to us, and there are definitely more questions than answers, especially since we have become hesitant to label any archeological find that we cannot readily explain as a “ritual” or “religious” object.

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