Download E-books Damascus: The History and Legacy of the Syrian Capital from Antiquity to Today PDF

By Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes old debts of Damascus' history
*Includes on-line assets and a bibliography for additional interpreting

“Nicolaus of Damascus, within the fourth publication of his background, says therefore: ‘Abraham reigned at Damascus, being a foreigner, who got here with a military out of the land above Babylon, referred to as the land of the Chaldeans: yet, after decades, he obtained him up, and faraway from that nation additionally, along with his humans, and went into the land then referred to as the land of Canaan, yet now the land of Judea, and this whilst his posterity have been develop into a mess; as to which posterity of his, we relate their background in one other paintings. Now the identify of Abraham is even nonetheless well-known within the nation of Damascus; and there's proven a village named from him, The Habitation of Abraham.’” – Josephus
“In Damascus there's a mosque that has no equivalent on this planet, no longer one with such wonderful percentage, nor one so solidly developed, nor one vaulted so securely, nor yet another marvellously laid out, nor one so admirably embellished in gold mosaics and numerous designs, with enamelled tiles and polished marbles.” - Muhammad al-Idrisi, 1154
all through background, Syria has been ruled no longer via one nice urban yet through . other than Aleppo to the north, the spiritual and advertisement city of Damascus has been a spot wanted via the robust. For hundreds of thousands of years the Phoenicians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Christians, and Muslims all vied for regulate of the town.
Damascus has many very important architectural websites courting from just about all eras of its background, and vestiges of the previous have existed and been valued in Damascus all through its life. The heritage of Damascus from the Byzantine interval to the twelfth century is very attention-grabbing, by way of its position because the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate and the adjustments that it skilled while the Abbasid Caliphate and Seljuk dynasty got here to energy.
At Damascus, the colourful capital of recent Syria, you can actually adventure the eagerness and spirituality of the various faiths that experience coexisted in Syria for hundreds of years. The tales of Damascus are a residing embodiment of the age of Islamic renaissance; town has one of many oldest and most vital mosques on the planet, and it has a colourful background associated with the increase of Islam within the zone.
The Umayyad Mosque is a superb representation of the continuity of sacred websites within the urban throughout the millennia. even though it hasn't ever been subjected to an archaeological research, this was once most likely the positioning of a temple of the Semitic thunder god Haddad, and it was once definitely the positioning of the Roman cult of Jupiter following the amalgamation of Haddad with the Roman god, common of the syncretic process that the Romans took to international religions. It was once additionally definitely the location of the Christian Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; actually, it can be awesome to benefit that the relics of St. John the Baptist are held inside this mosque, and are respected by means of Muslims and Christians alike. Christians make up approximately 10 percentage of the inhabitants, with the rest being commonly Muslim. a couple of Christian holy websites in terms of the conversion and paintings of St. Paul – who's thought of through many to be the most founding father of the Christian church after Jesus – are available in Damascus. The longstanding tolerance and recognize among humans of alternative faiths in Syria is a noteworthy characteristic of this unparalleled urban.
Damascus: The heritage and Legacy of the Syrian Capital from Antiquity to at the present time examines the tumultuous background of 1 of crucial areas within the heart East. in addition to images depicting vital humans, areas, and occasions, you'll find out about Damascus like by no means before.

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Download E-books Die Germanen: Geschichte und Mythos - Ein SPIEGEL-Buch (German Edition) PDF

Barbaren oder blonde Helden – wer waren die Ureinwohner Deutschlands?

Als Haudegen aus der Tiefe Nordeuropas beeindruckten und erschreckten sie die antike Welt. Ihr Widerstand gegen Rom, ihre zentrale Rolle in der Völkerwanderung und ihr Machtbewusstsein haben die Germanen zu Vorfahren vieler heutiger Nationen Europas werden lassen. Aber wer waren diese hellhäutigen, ihrer Stammesehre verpflichteten Naturmenschen wirklich? Und wo kamen sie her?

SPIEGEL-Autoren und Historiker gehen den – wissenschaftlich recht umstrittenen – Ursprüngen der Germanen nach, schildern die ersten Zusammenstöße mit den südlichen Nachbarn und das schwierige Zusammenleben mit dem Römischen Reich. Das Buch verfolgt die Spur der verschiedenen Stämme bis nach der Völkerwanderungszeit, als sie teils besiegt wurden, teils in eigenen Reichen zu regionaler Herrschaft gelangten, und zeigt, wie sie in den folgenden Jahrhunderten verklärt wurden.

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Download E-books The Ancient Novel: An Introduction PDF

By Niklas Holzberg

This greatly acclaimed ebook bargains an advent to the traditional novel and provides the most recent study findings within the box. For this English translation, Professor Holzberg has considerably up-to-date and increased the German variation of 1986.
Niklas Holzberg considers the traditional novel as encompassing idealistic and comedian sensible narrative with important subject matters of affection and experience. He develops his definition of the style and gives motives of why this literary shape was once so renowned through the Hellenistic interval. He is going directly to research the person texts in chronological order, delivering a precis of the contents of every, appropriate heritage details and interpretative guidelines.

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Download E-books Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs (Illustrated) PDF

By Sylvanus Griswold Morley

Morley's epic treatise upon the Mayan language, and the insights that could be received from their writing, is released right here whole along with his unique pictures, illustrations and charts.

while Sylvanus Griswold Morley first released this account of the Mayan peoples in 1915, the Western global and scholarly institution have been inspired via the dimensions of his wisdom and the thoroughness of his investigations. His archaeological digs close to the traditional website of Chichen Itza yielded many fascinating discoveries. It was once after accumulating and watching a wide cache of Mayan inscriptions that Morley all started publishing books and essays upon the topic of Maya hieroglyphics. by the point of his loss of life in 1948, Morley used to be a number one authority on historical Mesoamerican societies.

An creation to the research of the Maya Hieroglyphs is a landmark textual content within the learn of the traditional Mayan civilization. Morley was once rather occupied with the Mayan procedure of arithmetic; how they used a special mathematics and numbering procedure to degree dates and time, and identify the calendar for which they're now well-known. some of the glyphs used on constructions huge and small are analyzed, with myriad insights received from the styles, faces, and emblems the Mayan scribes used.

This publication includes over one hundred eighty photos and diagrams of Mayan artifacts, edifices and capsules. initially taken and drawn through Morley and his assistants in the course of their researches, they're crucial for analyzing and knowing the potential during which Morley arrived at significant perception into the lengthy misplaced imperative American civilization to which he dedicated many years of his lifestyles. For people with an curiosity in gaining knowledge of the Mayas, or in archeology usually, Morley's publication continues to be a useful and important resource.

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Download E-books A History Of Education In Antiquity (Wisconsin Studies in Classics) PDF

H. I. Marrou’s A heritage of schooling in Antiquity has been a useful contribution within the fields of classical experiences and historical past ever given that its unique e-book in French in 1948. French historian H. I. Marrou strains the roots of classical schooling, from the warrior cultures of Homer, to the expanding significance of rhetoric and philosophy, to the variation of Hellenistic beliefs in the Roman schooling process, and finishing with the increase of Christian faculties and church buildings within the early medieval interval. Marrou indicates how schooling, as soon as shaped so one can educate younger warriors, ultimately turned more and more philosophical and secularized as Christianity took carry within the Roman Empire. via his exam of the transformation of Greco-Roman schooling, Marrou is ready to create a greater knowing of those cultures.

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Download E-books Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire: Myths and Prophecies in the Aztec Tradition, Revised Edition PDF

"Like J. Eric Thompson, Carrasco has utilized an educated mind's eye to spot the various ways in which principles may perhaps lie at the back of fabric form."
- American Anthropologist

"A needs to for either expert and critical non-professional scholars in Mesoamerica. those who find themselves drawn to complicated society and urbanism typically, in addition to scholars of comparative faith, will locate it stimulating. most significantly, for someone drawn to the heritage of principles, the booklet illuminates the drastically robust influence and function of a fancy deity/mythico-historical determine in shaping one of many world's nice pristine civilizations."
- Queen's Quarterly

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Download E-books The Seleucid Empire: The History of the Empire Forged in the Ancient Near East After Alexander the Great’s Death PDF

By Charles River Editors

*Includes photographs *Includes old bills of the Seleucid Empire *Includes a bibliography for extra analyzing In 323 BCE, Alexander the nice was once on best of the realm. by no means a guy to sit down on his palms or relaxation upon his laurels, Alexander started making plans his destiny campaigns, that may have integrated makes an attempt to subdue the Arabian Peninsula or make one other incursion into India. yet destiny had different plans for the younger Macedonian king. One evening, whereas feasting together with his admiral Nearchus, he drank an excessive amount of and took to mattress with a fever. before everything, it looked like the fever was once purely a end result of his extra, and there has been now not a lot crisis for his overall healthiness, but if per week had elapsed and there has been nonetheless no signal of his recuperating, his associates and generals started to develop involved. The fever grew, eating him to the purpose that he might slightly communicate. After weeks, on June eleven, 323 B.C., Alexander the nice, King of Macedon, Hegemon of the League of Corinth, King of Kings, died. On his deathbed, a few historians declare that once he was once pressed to call a successor, Alexander muttered that his empire may still move “to the strongest”. different resources declare that he handed his signet ring to his common Perdiccas, thereby naming him successor, yet no matter what his offerings have been or could have been, they have been missed. Alexander’s generals, them all with the loyalty in their personal corps at their backs, may tear one another aside in a vicious inner fight that lasted virtually part a century ahead of 4 factions emerged triumphant: Macedonia, the Seleucid Empire within the east, the dominion of Pergamon in Asia Minor, and the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. throughout the process those wars, Alexander’s purely inheritor, the posthumously born Alexander IV, was once murdered, extinguishing his bloodline for ever. regardless of the infighting between them, something Alexander’s generals did agree upon was once their Hellenistic tradition. so much famously, Ptolemy’s line firmly demonstrated the Hellenistic tradition of the Greeks whereas ruling over Egypt, and by way of marrying inside of their kin line, the Ptolemaic pharaohs stored their Hellenistic background till the very finish of Ptolemy’s line, which died with Cleopatra in 30 BCE. even if the Seleucid Empire is much less renowned, Alexander’s common Seleucus was once no much less winning in “Hellenizing” Persia and elements of Asia Minor. The Greek impact continues to be simply noticeable within the sector hundreds of thousands of years later. Anthropologists have came across that the various earliest Buddha statues built in India undergo an uncanny resemblance to historic Greek depictions of Apollo, and native legend has it that the wild olive timber that develop in a few areas of Afghanistan sprang from the olive seeds that Macedonian squaddies spat out at the march – let alone the presence of Balkan beneficial properties equivalent to pink hair and blue eyes between an important volume of the locals there to at the present time. Legends of Alexander crop up amid the preferred mythology of part the area, and whereas a few one of the Persian Empire known as him “the accursed”, it truly is now extensively believed that the tale of the prophet Dhul-Qarnayn ("The Two-Horned One") within the Qur’an is a connection with Alexander. For a time, the Seleucids commanded the biggest empire on the planet because it stretched from the excessive plains and deserts of what's now Afghanistan within the east to elements of the Levant and Asia Minor within the west. The empire’s early kings have been robust and clever and dedicated to the tips of Hellenism up to conserving strength and increasing the world in their empire, yet later rulers didn't turn out as able. In time, the Seleucid royal condo frequently descended into orgies of violence which have been pushed through formidable women and men. regardless of its issues and its sheer dimension and scope, the Seleucid Empire lasted for numerous centuries, and it'll now not really succeed in its finish till the heyday of Rome. therefore, the Seleucid Empire controlled to depart an indelible mark at the area that has lasted to at the present time.

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Download E-books Structures of Social Action (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction) PDF

By J. Maxwell Atkinson

Bringing jointly 13 unique papers by way of prime American and British researchers, this quantity displays clean advancements within the more and more influential box of dialog research. It starts by way of outlining the theoretical and methodological foundations of the sector and is going directly to boost a number of the major topics that experience emerged from topical empirical learn. those comprise the agency of choice, subject, non-vocal actions, and it appears spontaneous responses reminiscent of laughter and applause. the gathering represents the main accomplished assertion but to be released in this form of examine.

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Download E-books Wild Harvesters: The First People in Scotland (Women and World Development Series) (Scotland's first settlers) PDF

By Bill Finlayson

This is often the tale of Scotland's very effective humans. From approximately 8000BC to 4000BC migrant hunter gatherers have been slowly relocating north because the nice ice sheets of the final Ice Age progressively melted. This represents the longest unmarried interval in Scotland's earlier. those peoples didn't use metals, farm, or construct nice monuments, yet their good fortune in harvesting the assets on hand to them allowed them to flourish for thousand of years. The land they lived in used to be a long way assorted from the Scotland of this present day, nice swathes of beach have been less than water and lots more and plenty that's now sea used to be the land. invoice Finlayson weaves a narrative of the methods of existence and ideology of those humans frequently unfairly caricatured as "squat, grunting savages". they've got left yet few lines at the panorama - the good shell mounds of Oronsay, cave shelters, scattered stone instruments and hearths - yet those few strains characterize the 1st signal the 1st signal of guy in Scotland.

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