What do the ancient Aztec, Celtic, Roman, Egyptian, and lost civilizations have in common? They all helped make humankind the versatile and complicated species that we are today.Discover how ancient civilizations molded us into who we are today!Explore the highly developed Aztec Empire, their language, agriculture, military tradition, astronomy, rituals, and art.Visit the eight Celtic regions and learn how a strong and determined people made its way through Europe into Britain, France, and Spain with sheer force. Get a glimpse of Rome, the eternal city. Watch her borders expand and contract through conquest and defeat. See her innovative engineers create magnificent architecture, art, and infrastructure.Tour the fertile banks of the River Nile where Ancient Egyptians endured for over three thousand years, worshiped Gods and Goddesses, maintained peace, and built enduring temples and tombs.Peek at the five greatest ancient empires in history and learn how they created advanced, long-lasting civilizations that persisted for thousands of years.Glance at lost civilizations that have been long forgotten but contributed to the development of language, religion, architecture, technology, astronomy, and engineering.History of the Ancient World: Ancient Civilizations, and Ancient Empires. History that Defined our World offers a tantalizing glimpse into our vast and complex ancient history that is sure to inspire further study. There is a lot to be learned from ancient history.Start your study of the beginnings of art, engineering, architecture and more today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100038/bk_acx0_100038_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We live in a world of cities - for the first time ever, the majority of the population lives in an urban environment - and reflecting on ancient models of the ´´city´´ as a human phenomenon offers important lessons for our culture today. Cities of the Ancient World is your opportunity to survey the breadth of the ancient world through the context of its urban development. Taught by esteemed Professor Steven L. Tuck, of Miami University, these 24 eye-opening lectures not only provide an invaluable look at the design and architecture of ancient cities, they also offer a flesh-and-blood glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary people and the worlds they created. Cities of the Ancient World gives you insight into cities large and small, famous and obscure. Ultimately, however, this is a course about people, not just buildings. Studying these cities will give you a new appreciation for the remarkable cultures of the ancient world, from the ruins of Uruk to the Golden Age of Athens, and spur you to reflect on what makes a city survive. More than anything else, Cities of the Ancient World is a course about human beings - what life was like in these cities and how people lived. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven L. Tuck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000381/bk_tcco_000381_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Earth has a past so mysterious that even today we are mystified by enigmas of the ancient world. New evidence suggests that we are a race with amnesia and that we are only now beginning to comprehend the truth to our ancient origins. From ancient Greece, to the remote Pacific Ocean, from holy relics, to Neolithic monuments, much of what was known, what was found, and what was built, is now shrouded in legend and myth. We will unravel the secrets of ancient stone circles and monoliths, discover the truth behind the enigmatic Easter Island, the mystery of the death of Alexander the Great, explore the wonder of the Shroud of Turin and the Knights Templar and delve deep into the extraterrestrial files and ancient aliens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gordon Rife, Dickson Grey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/001034/rt_real_001034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Did you know that George Bush, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama are all related? Did you know that the power elite controlling the world today can trace their ancestry back to the Sky Gods of the ancient past? Did you know our moon was placed in orbit millennia ago and came from somewhere deep in space? Our planet is replete with examples of ancient alien visitation, but most of this knowledge is not common and has been sequestered away, known only by the power elite. Jim Marrs, author of the best-selling book Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?, takes you into this secret world and exposes the truth about ancient aliens and their connection to modern rulers. In this presentation, you will see how ancient technology has helped advance certain families and monarchies throughout history and separated the people in power from the rest of us. Today they control industry and the media while continuing to dictate our lives! Who are the Sky Gods? Where are they from? Learn the truth to the alien presence on Earth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Marrs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000418/rt_real_000418_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Step back to a time when the mysteries of the universe could seem overwhelming. Cycles of nature kept predictable time with the sun, the moon, and the stars, yet crops failed, disease struck, storms ravaged, and empires fell without warning. In the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, people responded to such tumult with a rich variety of religious beliefs. From these beliefs, we get some of Western civilization´s most powerful texts: the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the Hebrew Bible, the Greek epics of Homer, Ovid´s Metamorphoses, and the New Testament, among many others. Composed largely of stories of human interaction with the divine, these narratives gave ordinary people a window into the unfathomable realm of the sacred. Archaeological remains show that ancient peoples also responded with a complex array of religious rituals, and their temples, cultic statues, funerary goods, and household devotional items are among the world´s greatest cultural treasures. Using such textual and archaeological evidence, these 48 marvelous lectures explore the religious cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the earliest indications of human religious practices during prehistoric times to the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity in the 4th century of the Common Era. You´ll discover the religious traditions of a wide range of civilizations, including the ancient kingdom of Egypt; ancient Mesopotamia; ancient Syria-Palestine, including Israel and Judah; Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and the successive civilizations of the Greek mainland; and the city of Rome, whose empire dominated the entire Mediterranean world at the end of the ancient era. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Glenn S. Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000250/bk_tcco_000250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Includes E. A. Wallis Budge´s explanation of the Seven Tablets of Creation, the creation myth that bears striking similarities to the book of Genesis. Includes the ancient Mesopotamian account of the descent of the goddess Ishtar into the underworld. Explains the role religion played at the national, city, and personal levels in all aspects of life. A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? Throughout time, people have been religious by nature, and billions today adhere to unique faiths across the world. In Charles River Editors´ Religions of the World, listeners can get caught up to speed on today´s and yesterday´s religions in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Throughout history the world´s most prominent religions have had intricacies that made them unique, yet many of them have also shared similar characteristics and stories. Nowhere is this clearer than in the religion practiced by people in ancient Mesopotamia, which also happens to be the oldest documented religion in the world. Ancient Mesopotamian religion continues to captivate people for many of the same reasons today´s best-known religions and their histories fascinate people. The religion practiced by the ancient Mesopotamians provides a certain mix between the mundane and the surreal, and at the same time aspects of it are both familiar and bizarre to people today. Some find themselves drawn to it based on its preeminent position in religious history as the oldest documented religion in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alyda Oosterwyk. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037542/bk_acx0_037542_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I have gazed on the walls of impregnable Babylon along which chariots may race, and on the Zeus by the banks of the Alpheus, I have seen the hanging gardens, and the Colossus of the Helios, the great man-made mountains of the lofty pyramids, and the gigantic tomb of Mausolus; but when I saw the sacred house of Artemis that towers to the clouds, the others were placed in the shade, for the sun himself has never looked upon its equal outside Olympus. - Antipater of Sidon Nearly 2,000 years ago, two ancient writers named Antipater of Sidon and Philo of Byzantium authored antiquity´s most well-known tour guides. After the two Greeks had traveled around the Mediterranean, they wrote of what they considered to be the classical world´s greatest construction projects. While there is still some question as to who actually authored the text attributed to Philo and Antipater at the time of its creation, their lists ended up comprising the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, igniting interest in the ones they chosen and inspiring subsequent generations to identify their era´s own Seven Wonders. Naturally, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World may be considered something of a misnomer. Only one still stands (the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt), all existed in the Hellenistic culture rather than all over the world, and relatively few people saw them or visited them. They were all architectural marvels of the late Classical period and all but two were created by the Greeks. All but one were in the Mediterranean area. Even so, they represented a widespread range of works and cultures and spread out across three different continents. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Bloede. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035479/bk_acx0_035479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play. Grasping the full scope of your bequest from the ancient world can´t help but give you a more nuanced base from which to make decisions and choose pathways in your own life. These 48 lectures take you on a multidisciplinary journey that ranges across not only the traditional domains of politics and war that are normally the province of history courses, but also those of religion, philosophy, architecture and the visual arts, literature, and science, and more. You´ll examine the ancient world´s greatest civilizations from the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Americas - including those of Rome, Greece, China, Persia, India, and the Maya - not in isolation but in the full context of where they came from, the cultures that flourished around them at the same time, and the civilizations that were to come from them. Taking a comparative approach, Professor Aldrete´s course includes in-depth analyses of not only key individuals and historical moments, but also history´s most important themes, from the nature of rulership and the evolution of religion and philosophy to the practice of warfare and the expression of power through art and architecture. With its mix of nuanced interpretation, vivid description, and constant attention to exploring history as a coherent whole, this is sure to be one of the most informative and thought-provoking history courses you have ever taken. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory S. Aldrete. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000151/bk_tcco_000151_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the mind-boggling pyramids of Egypt to the lost city of Atlantis, planet Earth abounds with ancient mysteries of our long-forgotten past. Is Atlantis a legend, a myth, or a missing piece of human history? Mankind has grappled with the Atlantis enigma for millennia, calling it everything from a great sea power of ancient times to an idealistic utopia to home of the ancient aliens. Atlantis was a legendary island said to have existed in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Gibraltar, and to have sunk beneath the sea; now experts suggest the legend is true. The pyramid complex at Giza is now said to resemble the constellation of Orion. With startling new evidence regarding the very origins of civilization, we trace mankind´s ancient roots back in time and across the landscape of Egypt and the rest of Africa. We find it quite possible that Egyptian civilization emerged from a very different origin than we have been led to believe. Did civilization emerge around 10,500 BC in a place we´ve never heard of? Decide for yourself. Most, if not all, sacred sites were founded at special places, where Earth´s energy lines meet or cross as they flow above and below the ground. Experts finally agree that many structures in the ancient world were places for the focus of energy, featuring mathematical principles found throughout nature and that have their basis in quantum physics. Explore the ancient standing stones in Cornwall, England, known as the Merry Maidens, as we reveal that our ancestors were well aware of these mathematical truths all along. 1. Language: English. Narrator: O. H. Krill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000403/rt_real_000403_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.