This Internet Book
The PREMIER JOURNEY to The Ancient World, weaving together the Peoples of those lands and civilizations and the way they lived and - their thoughts, their hopes, their dreams, their lives.
Ancient Civilization did not begin in what we think of as the West. It did not start in Paris or Berlin or London or Prague or Brussels or Stockholm. It grew out of the Mediterranean breezes, the sun and desert of Northern Africa, the Persian and West Asian lands. To study Ancient Civilization is to travel - across parts of Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to India. It is a linking voyage, not a reducing trip. It CONNECTS peoples, ideas, patterns, developments, organizations, wars, religions, art, architecture, food and drink. It is a human endeavor about a human story.
I am an historian, not a classicist. And historians and classicists are not the same. They focus and work differently. But the challenge of it all is that understanding can only come by standing on the mountain and looking at the parts in the whole. An historian of this time (from the beginning of time through Egypt, Greece, to the fall of Rome) must be willing and eager to reach out and know that all knowledge is important. I built this Ancient Civilization arena for people - for students, faculty, and ordinary folks who think it is fascinating and can be just plain fun. Just like our lives, in this Arena there is much seriousness but also much joy and animation.
And the wonderful range of things to think about? Culture, archaeology, art, music, theater, books and writing, language, philosophy, politics, peace and war, life and living. Psychology, sociology, history, geometry and astronomy and biology, building and architecture and engineering. Economics and geography, women and men and children, farming and town planning, rivers and deserts and mountains, gods and goddesses. Birth and death, magic and mystery, aspiration and despair, palaces and mud huts, the freedom to rule empires, and the chains of everlasting slavery. Poetry, logic, weaponry, sports, courage and cowardice, love and hate, and genius.
Return to Master Core - Amazing Ancient World
A FASCINATION WITH THE ANCIENT WORLD
ACT I of the Western Civilization Series
WESTERN CIVILIZATION: ACT II - MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE, ENLIGHTENMENT
A Comprehensive Internet Book and Special Course
WESTERN CIVILIZATION: ACT III - THE MODERN WORLD
A Comprehensive Internet Book and Special Course
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The Web teems with the richness of the Ancient World. So many
wonderfully conceived sites representing dedication, scholarship, diversity,
determination and exceptional creativity. At least 400 lists exist
for the ancient area. But, what good, I wondered, is yet another list. So
this Ancient Arena is explained each step of the way. By looking through
the material in the Chapters on this Page, one can attain a general overview
of the place, the time, the subject matter, the humans. Then the
searcher can move to the areas of interest or even fascination - and begin
the in-depth "clicking" and traveling and thinking. My pledge to the
voyager is simple: I place here only those sites and destinations in which
I have spent time and thought. I have searched through each one with care.
The splendor, the sacrifices, the superstars, the sound and fury, the symbolism - and the men primarily and their slaves who made this possible. Here in this mere spot of land, smaller than some of the states from which we come - extended periodically by stunning conquest, lies a central core to the shaping and future of the Western human and those earthlings who are impacted by these traditions and values.
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"The reasons for that decline are manifold, but they all seem to relate to the economic and social foundations in some degree. When this foundation weakens, by the development of class distinctions or social and economic disparities, the high level of cultural achievement looses vitality and strength. The culture does not necessarily die and vanish. It tends to be dispersed first to the barbaric neighbors who invade and then spread to other parts of the world which they conquered. In this way Greek culture spread to the whole Mediterranean basin by the Macedonians and the Romans, both peoples whose native cultures were certainly inferior to the subjugated Greeks. Thus, even barbarians, a term the Greeks invented, play a useful role, as carriers and disseminators of culture. They fulfill a kind of world-civilizing mission. Thanks to the Macedonians and Romans, Hellenistic civilization, a generalized form of Greek culture, became an integral part of the classical tradition in WC. "
But the flow of culture worked in the opposite direction as well; non-Greek ideas and non-Greeks flowed into Greece (and Italy). They took with them their religions, their philosophies, science, and culture; in this environment, eastern religions in particular began to take hold in the Greek city-states both in the east and in Greece. Among these religions was Zoroastrianism and Mithraism; in later years, this international environment would provide the means for the spread of another eastern religion, Christianity.
The Egyptians carry a fascination for us that transcends time. And always the sense of strangeness and mystery. Videos, TV programs from Omar Shariff and the "Mysteries of the Pyramids," to Charleton Heston and "The Mystery of the Sphinx," and "Cleopatra: Destiny's Queen," and the "Chariots of the Gods," and the "Visit of the Aliens." How could the history of one nation span 3000 years? How did they build such remarkable monuments to antiquity? Why did intelligent humans mummify themselves? Where did their genius come from? Why do most history books on Western Civilization allot this culture only a scant twenty pages at best? Why do many people "forget" that Egypt is and always has been in Africa?
The themes which follow give credence to the richness of the Egyptian civilization AND to the Web.
To Part I-Egypt, Prehistory, Other Ancients
The land of the citizen statesmen, the Emperors, the warriors, the Caesars. The power of an Empire that conquered most of what we know of as Europe, ruled it, linked its roads and laws with it, exported its culture and language to it. Baths, plumbing, food, religion, architecture, drama, walls, palaces, slaves and servants. Political strategy, diplomacy, and philosophy. Words falter in capturing this mighty civilization with its weaknesses and strengths, its triumphs and its calamities.
To Part III-Rome
Professor K. F.
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