Encyclopedia of society and culture in the ancient world /
Peter Bogucki, editor in chief.
New York : Facts On File, c2008.
4 v. : ill.
9780816069415 (acid-free paper)
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New York : Facts On File, c2008.
9780816069415 (acid-free paper)
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v. 1. Adornment to Crime and punishment -- v. 2. Death and burial practices to Inventions -- v. 3. Language to Roads and bridges -- v. 4 Sacred sites to Writing.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
The four-volume Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World offers comprehensive coverage of the ancient world, from prehistory to the fall of Rome, including Western and non-Western cultures and civilizations. An introduction outlines the key milestones in the development of human society, from the peoples of the Ice Age whose way of life was so vastly different from ours to the citizens of Greece and Rome whom we easily recognize from history books. The 69 signed entries—including 14 on major topics with more in-depth coverage—provide readers with an overview of the various ways in which people lived in the past.
Each entry explores a specific topic across the entire world, beginning with an introduction that outlines the major developments in chronological sequence, followed by subsections on the following centers of civilization: Africa, Egypt, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Greece, Rome, and the Americas. Each entry concludes with a list of see also references to related entries, followed by a further reading list of books, articles, and Web sites on the topic. Primary source documents, sidebars, and more than 250 black-and-white photographs and maps supplement the text. A glossary, general bibliography, chronology by region, and comprehensive index make this set an easy-to-use and essential reference for high school and college students, researchers, and general readers alike.
Entries include:
Building techniques and materials
Calendars and clocks
Ceramics and pottery
Death and burial practices
Drama and theater
Employment and labor
Food and diet
Government organization
Music and musical instruments
Natural disasters
Nomadic and pastoral societies
Pandemics and epidemics
Religion and cosmology
Scandals and corruption
Sports and recreation
Weaponry and armor
and more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-06-01:
This encyclopedia covers worldwide civilizations from prehistory through 476 CE. Entries consist of an introduction to a particular topic, segments written by specialists about geographic areas, and a bibliography. Sidebars about topics that do not fit neatly into the organizational scheme and excerpts from primary sources also appear in many articles. This encyclopedia treats Egypt separately from Africa, and Greece and Rome separately from Europe, on the grounds that Egypt, Greece, and Rome are often studied in isolation from the civilizations on their respective continents. Although this argument has some merits, the arrangement initially may be confusing to some readers. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Classical Civilizations, ed. by Arthur Cotterell (1993) is organized much like this newer encyclopedia, although limited in scope to ancient Greece and Rome. The older Penguin Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations (CH, Apr'81), also edited by Cotterell, covers many of the other world civilizations; however, essays are organized by time period rather than topic. This new volume is a handy source for those seeking a broad overview of areas of life in the ancient world. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. R. Withers Miami University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-07-01:
This encyclopedia examines nearly 70 topics in each of eight ancient civilizations: Africa, Egypt, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Greece, Rome, and the Americas, among them the standards such as art, literature, religion, family, and war. There are also entries on topics like crime and punishment, mining, quarrying and salt making, natural disasters, scandals and corruption, social class and abandonment, and sports and recreation. When appropriate, multiple cultures within a geographic region are addressed. For example, in the entry on governmental organization in Africa, Carthage, North Africa, Saharan Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa are all addressed specifically. The thematic arrangement facilitates cross-cultural study. However, while it is possible to examine a particular region or culture, it would take some effort. Each entry was written by a knowledgeable expert and includes cross-references to other entries in the encyclopedia and a list of suggested readings for further research. There are also 250 black-and-white photographs and, where appropriate, translations of primary-source documents within the work. Editor Bogucki, who holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard, is an expert in early farming societies in Europe. BOTTOM LINE Nicely complementing Salem's 2002 Encyclopedia of the Ancient World--which, while it contains thematic overviews, primarily consists of short entries on specific events, places, or people--this is a well-written and -constructed encyclopedia designed to facilitate cross-cultural studies. Appropriate for high school and undergraduate libraries. [This title will be available electronically through Infobase Ebooks, the publisher's new ebook platform launching in the fall of 2008.]--Ryan Johnson, Univ. of Mississippi, Oxford (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Reference & Research Book News, February 2008
School Library Journal, April 2008
Booklist, June 2008
Choice, June 2008
Library Journal, July 2008
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