The Encyclopedia of Ancient History

Online ISBN: 9781444338386

DOI: 10.1002/9781444338386

About this Book

Welcome to the homepage for The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. The only comprehensive collection of twenty-first century scholarship available on the entire ancient Mediterranean world. Our board of experienced and internationally diverse editors has collected over 5,000 original entries spanning the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE. Entries extend to all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt, and represent an unprecedented level of coverage of the ancient world.

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Praise for The Encyclopedia of Ancient History

Awarded Honorable Mention for the 2013 Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference publications given by The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association

 “Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.”  Choice, 1 October 2013

"The result of this monumental editorial effort is both a stunningly original and resplendently edifying work of impeccable research that moves beyond the confines of the Greek and Roman world and into the amorphous realm of the ancient Near East. Most important, these volumes transcend previous attempts at the scholarship of the ancient world, in that the encyclopedia’s online version was created as a “living document” that will continue to grow as new research becomes available...The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is truly a monumental achievement that supplants any and all predecessors. Make no mistake about it; this is an academic work written with an academic audience in mind, placing it outside the collections of most public libraries and high-school media centers. But for any college-level collection supporting ancient-history programs, this excellent set is a must-have." Booklist,March 2013