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By Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk Singer

"Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context" offers a chronological creation to the historical past of historical Mediterranean civilizations in the greater context of its modern Eurasian world.Innovative process organizes Greek and Roman heritage right into a unmarried chronology. Combines the normal ancient tale with topics which are critical to fashionable examine into the traditional international together with a number social, cultural, and political themes. enables an figuring out of the traditional Mediterranean international as a cohesion, simply because the Mediterranean global is in its flip awarded as a part of a bigger entire. Covers the total old Mediterranean global from pre-history via to the increase of Islam within the 7th century A.D.Features a various selection of photos, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to help comprehension. English translation of a well known Dutch publication, "De oudheid," now in its 3rd variation

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Amortization, is a recent development. This does not imply, of course, that ancient individuals were incapable of rational thought. Only, they never got round to thinking some things that were only thought of at some later date. The preceding need not lead to an unduly primitivist view of the pre-industrial economy. The agrarian sector did produce for the market, and the manufactures and trade may have The Ecology of History been relatively unimportant, but were crucial for developing monetary economies.

In order to estimate how much lower the yields were, we need detailed information on soil, climate, crops, crop rotation, and fallow. The influence of soil and climate is obvious; even microclimates and microenvironments can make all the difference—but if we want to say anything at all, we will have to generalize. Some plants can stand heat and drought better than others: thus, we find more barley and less wheat in Mediterranean farming. However, yields also differ per species: for instance, different types of wheat have stalks with different numbers of grains.

This step was taken, possibly at a number of places during roughly the same time period, that is, the period between around 10,000 to 8,000 BC, in the hilly stretch of lands of the so-called Fertile Crescent that runs from modern-day Israel across Lebanon, Syria, and northern Iraq into Iran. It is not clear, however, whether the pressure of an increased population forced the first experiments with an additional food source, or that the addition of grains to the existing food source began as a “luxury” that developed into a necessity when the population had as a consequence increased.

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