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History of Mankind Volume 2: The Ancient World
History of Mankind Volume 2 The Ancient World Author:Luigi Paretti, Paolo Brezzi, Luciano Petech This volume describes the cultural and scientific progress of mankind at a key period in history: the millennium and a half which witnessed the formation of the great classical civilization of the West and wht emergence of the Indian and Chinese civilizations in the East. It tells the story of human progress through a period that left its impri... more »nt on all cultures and civilizations which followed it. Between 1200 B. C. and A. D. 400 the foundations of man's thinking were laid: Greek thought and Greek science flourished, Roman law was evolved, Buddhism and Hinduism developed, and the basis of the Western heritage (that fusion of the Hebrew tradition, classical philospohy and the Christian vision of man) was created. It is also during this period that the dichotomy between the East and the West was first felt.
Volume II is divided into three parts: 1200 B. C. to 500 B. C., thence to the birth of Christ, and from the first to the fifth century. Within each, after an introduction which summarizes briefly the main historical events of the period, the authors deal with such fundamental questions as the formation of the Greek and Latin tongues, the evolution of the Indo-Aryan and Indo-Chinese languages. They describe classical science, which in Greece and in India created a new relationship between man and nature. Techniques and technology are examined within the context of the societies that created and utilized them. The concept of the Greek city state, the formulation of the Roman res publica (including the gradual evolution of Roman law), the constitution of the Chinese public administration, are noted in detail as so many important contributions to the conduct of human affairs.
Special chapters are devoted to the development of religion, which both in the East and in the West was to shape for millenia man's spiritual life. The philosophers who laid the basis of all human thinking are studied in detail. Finally the authors analyze the emergence of literature and art. They reconstruct the canons of classical aesthetics, the formulation of the beautiful which characterized the Greco-Roman school, the art of the Mauryas, the poetry of Homer and Virgil, the cantos of Kalidasa, the early Chinese poets and chroniclers.
In preparing this book, the authors benefited from the collaboration of many distinguished scholars: Professor P. Bosch-Gempera (Mexico), Dr. A. G. Drachmann (Denmark), Alan Watson and M. W. Frederiksen (Oxford), and Pierre Grimal (University of Paris). Special maps and line drawings, as well as over sixty plates, have been included to illustrate the achievements of man. A detailed bibliography, prepared by Barbara Levick (Oxford), constitutes a useful guide to the historical literature of the period.« less