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Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

The Cambridge Ancient History

The Cambridge Ancient History, in the Reference Room of Seymour Library (call number D57. C252) and online in full text is an authoritative source on the history of the ancient world. This is considered the definitive reference work on the subject. It provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the history of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from prehistoric times to AD 600. The text is  illustrated with maps, drawings and tables; there are separate volumes of plates for most of the text volumes as well. 

Use The Cambridge Ancient History to learn about any aspect of life in the ancient world. The volumes have extensive bibliographies and also have very detailed indexes. The links below lead to tables of contents for each volume.

Volume 1, part 1 : Prolegomena and Prehistory 
Volume 1, part 2 : Early History of the Middle East
Volume 2, part 1 : History of the Middle East and the Aegean Region c. 1800–1380 B.C.
Volume 2, part 2 : History of the Middle East and the Aegean Region c. 1380–1000 B.C.
Volume 3, part 1 : The Prehistory of the Balkans; and the Middle East and the Aegean world, tenth to eighth centuries B.C.
Volume 3, part 2 : The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires and other States of the Near East, from the Eighth to the Sixth Centuries B.C.
Volume 3, part 3 : The Expansion of the Greek World, Eighth to Sixth Centuries B.C.
Volume 4: Persia, Greece and the Western Mediterranean C. 525 to 479 B.C.
Volume 5: The Fifth Century B.C.
Volume 6: The Fourth Century B.C.
Volume 7, part 1 : The Hellenistic World
Volume 7, part 2 : The Rise of Rome to 220 B.C.
Volume 8: Rome and the Mediterranean to 133 B.C.
Volume 9: The Last Age of the Roman Republic, 146–43 b.c.
Volume 10: The Augustan Empire, 43 B.C–A.D. 69
Volume 11: The High Empire, A.D. 70–192
Volume 12: The Crisis of Empire, A.D. 193–337
Volume 13: The Late Empire, A.D. 337–425
Volume 14: Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, A.D. 425–600

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