The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World

The Great Monuments and how They Were Built

Author: Christopher Scarre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500050965

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 8439

A survey of the world's great ancient wonders from the Great Temple of the Aztecs, to the Nazca lines of Peru, including answers to how the architecture was created and for what purpose.

The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World

Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations

Author: Brian M. Fagan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500510506

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 9054

Describes various issues in mythology and prehistoric and ancient history, from the Garden of Eden to the effects of meteor impacts, including tombs, writing systems, and the fall of civilizations, and suggests explanations.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Author: Peter A Clayton,Martin Price

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136748091

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 2556

Sets each of the seven wonders in their historical context, bringing together materials from ancient sources and the results of modern excavations to suggest why particular places and objects have been seen as the touchstone for human achievement.

The Seventy Wonders of the Modern World

1500 Years of Extraordinary Feats of Engineering and Construction

Author: Neil Parkyn

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500510476

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 4520

Describes the history, usage, and architectural uniqueness of seventy structures from around the world, including places of worship, castles, skyscrapers, bridges, dams, and statues.

Chronicle of the Roman Emperors

The Reign-by-reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome

Author: Chris Scarre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500289891

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 7745

Offers profiles of the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Constantine, and looks at the most important events during this period in Roman history.

Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos, and the Realm of the Gods

Author: David Lewis-Williams,David Pearce

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 050077045X

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2373

An exploration of how brain structure and cultural content interacted in the Neolithic period 10,000 years ago to produce unique life patterns and belief systems. What do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Catalhoyuk in Turkey have in common with the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in Ireland? How can the concepts of "birth," "death," and "wild" cast light on the archaeological enigma of the domestication of cattle? What generated the revolutionary social change that ended the Upper Palaeolithic? David Lewis-Williams's previous book, The Mind in the Cave, dealt with the remarkable Upper Palaeolithic paintings, carvings, and engravings of western Europe. Here Dr. Lewis-Williams and David Pearce examine the intricate web of belief, myth, and society in the succeeding Neolithic period, arguably the most significant turning point in all human history, when agriculture became a way of life and the fractious society that we know today was born. The authors focus on two contrasting times and places: the beginnings in the Near East, with its mud-brick and stone houses each piled on top of the ruins of another, and western Europe, with its massive stone monuments more ancient than the Egyptian pyramids. They argue that neurological patterns hardwired into the brain help explain the art and society that Neolithic people produced. Drawing on the latest research, the authors skillfully link material on human consciousness, imagery, and religious concepts to propose provocative new theories about the causes of an ancient revolution in cosmology and the origins of social complexity. In doing so they create a fascinating neurological bridge to the mysterious thought-lives of the past and reveal the essence of a momentous period in human history. 100 illustrations, 20 in color.

Venice & Antiquity

The Venetian Sense of the Past

Author: Patricia Fortini Brown

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300067003

Category: Art

Page: 361

View: 3110

Drawing on such remains of vernacular culture as inscriptions, medals, travellers accounts, and antique writings, as well as the art of the period, this text focuses on Venice's Golden Age and shows how it was influenced by antiquity, by its Byzantine heritage and by its own historical experience.

The Human Past

Author: Chris Scarre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500294208

Category: Agriculture, Prehistoric

Page: 768

View: 9202

Here is a new, fourth edition of this authoritative introductory survey of world prehistory, spanning the past 3,000,000 years and written by a team of twenty-four expert authors. This edition has been radically updated to be more thematic and accessible: chapters are connected by new key themes boxes (climate change, domestication, migration, social inequality and urbanism), which link global regions and encourage big-picture thinking. The text has been streamlined and the book's design completely revamped: it is now in full colour throughout, with more than 50% more colour images than the previous edition. There is increased coverage of the Americas, with a brand-new chapter, The Origins and Dispersal of the First Americans. Revisions take into account the latest sites and discoveries, including Homo naledi and the new LiDAR surveys of Angkor Wat. Each chapter begins with a newly designed, easier-to-use timeline, and features boxes on key sites, key discoveries, key controversies and, as above, key themes. All of the key methods boxes from the previous edition have been consolidated into the Introduction and now offer an up-front primer of archaeological methods and practices. Tables and maps are simplified and easier to use.

The Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World

Author: Brian M. Fagan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500051306

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 1182

Presents the history of early human innovations, from tools and cooking utensils to early transportation vehicles and contraceptives, along with photographs, diagrams, reconstructions, and maps.

History's Mysteries

People, Places and Oddities Lost in the Sands of Time

Author: Brian Haughton

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 1601637322

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 4479

History’s Mysteries is an absorbing and meticulously researched exploration of the archaeology, history, and mysteries of 35 ancient places worldwide. Haughton’s book takes the reader on an unforgettable journey, from the 8,000-year-old stone circle of Nabta Playa to India’s magical Taj Mahal; from Rhode Island’s controversial Newport Tower to the enigmatic Royston Cave in the UK; from the strange medieval castle-village of Rennes-le-Château to the massive ancient walled city of Great Zimbabwe. Using the latest archaeological evidence, History’s Mysteries explores: The incredible archaeological discoveries at the 11,000 year-old sanctuary of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. The heated debate over the 47-million-year-old ‘Ida Fossil’—could it be the missing link in our evolutionary history? The reality behind controversial ancient artifacts such as the Iron Pillar of Delhi, the Oak Island Treasure, and Egypt’s “Dendera Lamps.” What really happened to the Neanderthals? With 36 photographs and illustrations, this is the perfect reference work for those fascinated by the great mysteries of ancient history.

The Newark Earthworks

Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings

Author: Lindsay Jones,Richard D. Shiels

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813937795

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 3417

Considered a wonder of the ancient world, the Newark Earthworks—the gigantic geometrical mounds of earth built nearly two thousand years ago in the Ohio valley--have been a focal point for archaeologists and surveyors, researchers and scholars for almost two centuries. In their prime one of the premier pilgrimage destinations in North America, these monuments are believed to have been ceremonial centers used by ancestors of Native Americans, called the "Hopewell culture," as social gathering places, religious shrines, pilgrimage sites, and astronomical observatories. Yet much of this territory has been destroyed by the city of Newark, and the site currently "hosts" a private golf course, making it largely inaccessible to the public. The first book-length volume devoted to the site, The Newark Earthworks reveals the magnitude and the geometric precision of what remains of the earthworks and the site’s undeniable importance to our history. Including contributions from archaeologists, historians, cultural geographers, and cartographers, as well as scholars in religious studies, legal studies, indigenous studies, and preservation studies, the book follows an interdisciplinary approach to shine light on the Newark Earthworks and argues compellingly for its designation as a World Heritage Site.


An Experiment in Living

Author: Esther Pasztory

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806128474

Category: History

Page: 282

View: 5684

This book is the first comprehensive study and reinterpretation of the unique arts of Teotihuacan, including architecture, sculpture, mural painting, and ceramics. Comparing the arts of Teotihuacan - not previously judged "artistic" - with those of other ancient civilizations, Ester Pasztory demonstrates how they created and reflected the community’s ideals. Most people associate the pyramids of central Mexico with the Aztecs, but these colossal constructions antedate the Aztecs by more than a thousand years. The people of Teotihuacan, who built the pyramids as part of a city of unprecedented size, remain a mystery.

Egypt and the Holy Land in Historic Photographs


Author: Julia Van Haaften

Publisher: N.A


Category: Photography

Page: 77

View: 9902

Priceless views of Egyptian and biblical antiquities as they looked in the mid-19th century, before war, neglect, and exploitation took their toll. 77 spectacular photographs of the Pyramids, Sphinx, Karnak, Luxor, Thebes, Mt. Horeb, Old Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Damascus, and more. Introduction. Captions.

Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind

Author: Robin Dunbar,Clive Gamble,John Gowlett

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500772142

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 3827

A closer look at genealogy, incorporating how biological, anthropological, and technical factors can influence human lives We are at a pivotal moment in understanding our remote ancestry and its implications for how we live today. The barriers to what we can know about our distant relatives have been falling as a result of scientific advance, such as decoding the genomes of humans and Neanderthals, and bringing together different perspectives to answer common questions. These collaborations have brought new knowledge and suggested fresh concepts to examine. The results have shaken the old certainties. The results are profound; not just for the study of the past but for appreciating why we conduct our social lives in ways, and at scales, that are familiar to all of us. But such basic familiarity raises a dilemma. When surrounded by the myriad technical and cultural innovations that support our global, urbanized lifestyles we can lose sight of the small social worlds we actually inhabit and that can be traced deep into our ancestry. So why do we need art, religion, music, kinship, myths, and all the other facets of our over-active imaginations if the reality of our effective social worlds is set by a limit of some one hundred and fifty partners (Dunbar’s number) made of family, friends, and useful acquaintances? How could such a social community lead to a city the size of London or a country as large as China? Do we really carry our hominin past into our human present? It is these small worlds, and the link they allow to the study of the past that forms the central point in this book.

Ancient architecture: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete, Greece

Author: Seton Lloyd,Roland Martin,Hans Wolfgang Müller

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc


Category: Architecture

Page: 415

View: 3912

Examines the origins, development, and distinctive styles and achievements of the architectures of the four ancient civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean

Golden Gate Bridge

History and Design of an Icon

Author: Donald MacDonald,Ira Nadel

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452126968

Category: Architecture

Page: 128

View: 6531

Nine million people visit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, yet how many know why it's painted that stunning shade of "international orange"? Or that ancient Mayan and Art Deco buildings influenced the design? Current bridge architect Donald MacDonald answers these questions and others in a friendly, informative look at the bridge's engineering and 70-year history. This accessible account is accompanied by 70 of MacDonald's own charming color illustrations, making it easy to understand how the bridge was designed and constructed. A fascinating study for those interested in architecture, design, or anyone with a soft spot for San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge is a fitting tribute to this timeless icon.

Modern Coliseum

Stadiums and American Culture

Author: Benjamin D. Lisle

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812294076

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 328

View: 2487

From the legendary Ebbets Field in the heart of Brooklyn to the amenity-packed Houston Astrodome to the "retro" Oriole Park at Camden Yards, stadiums have taken many shapes and served different purposes throughout the history of American sports culture. In the early twentieth century, a new generation of stadiums arrived, located in the city center, easily accessible to the public, and offering affordable tickets that drew mixed crowds of men and women from different backgrounds. But in the successive decades, planners and architects turned sharply away from this approach. In Modern Coliseum, Benjamin D. Lisle tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. These engineered marvels channeled postwar national ambitions while replacing aging ballparks typically embedded in dense urban settings. They were stadiums designed for the "affluent society"—brightly colored, technologically expressive, and geared to the car-driving, consumerist suburbanite. The modern stadium thus redefined one of the city's more rambunctious and diverse public spaces. Modern Coliseum offers a cultural history of this iconic but overlooked architectural form. Lisle grounds his analysis in extensive research among the archives of teams, owners, architects, and cities, examining how design, construction, and operational choices were made. Through this approach, we see modernism on the ground, as it was imagined, designed, built, and experienced as both an architectural and a social phenomenon. With Lisle's compelling analysis supplemented by over seventy-five images documenting the transformation of the American stadium over time, Modern Coliseum will be of interest to a variety of readers, from urban and architectural historians to sports fans.


Warriors of Ancient Siberia

Author: St John Simpson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500021286

Category: Art, Scythian

Page: 368

View: 6495

The Scythians were an ancient nomadic people, who lived in the Russian steppe from 900 to 400 BC. They established a rich, nomadic civilization stretching from their homeland in Siberia as far as the Black Sea and the edge of China. Mobility and mastery of local resources were central to their culture and their achievements. Forerunners of the Sarmatians, the Huns, the Turks and the Mongols, the Scythians were feared adversaries and respected neighbours of the Assyrians, the Persians and the Ancient Greeks. Much of what we know about them comes from the Ancient Greek historian Herodotus, as they left no written records of their own. This book offers unique insights into the life and funerary beliefs of the Scythians, whose culture has been remarkably well preserved because of the unique conditions provided by the Siberian permafrost. Also included are many rare and recently discovered finds of personal garments and possessions made from gold, leather, fur and felt, revealing the legacy of one Russia's oldest indigenous civilizations. Drawing on the latest research, this new book will appeal to anyone interested in the ancient world and Russian culture..

Mesopotamia, Iraq in Ancient Times

Author: Peter Chrisp

Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books

ISBN: 9781592700240

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 9354

Photos, illustrations, archaeological discoveries, timelines, and detailed spreads are presented in this exploration of this ancient world that examines the establishments of the first monumental temples, the cities, libraries, written law codes, and schools that led to this land being commonly referred to as the "cradle of civilization."