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The Dark Ages 476-918 A.D.
by Charles Oman

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English

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329

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November 21, 2017

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<b>In 476 A.D. the Western Roman Empire fell.<br /><br />Romans would never again rule vast swathes of the western Mediterranean, instead these lands would fall to Vandals, Visigoths, Franks and various other tribes that Romans had formerly called ‘barbarians’.<br /><br />The Roman Empire as the ancient world had known it had gone, this was now the Dark Ages.</b><br /><br />Yet Charles Oman shines light upon this frequently forgotten period and explores how even though Rome had fallen and many changes had occurred there were also great continuities. <br /><br />Although Rome may have fallen the Eastern Empire, centered at Constantinople, continued to thrive, in many ways continuing what the Roman Empire had always done since the days of Augustus, but also developing new judicial systems to govern its vast lands as well as encouraging new forms of art and architecture.<br /><br />Even in the power vacuum that was left after 476 A.D. Western Europe did not descend completely into darkness, instead in the wake of Rome’s collapse many new powerful empires emerged that looked to Rome for support, most notably the Frankish Empire under Charlemagne.<br /><br />Oman through the course of this incredibly detailed work uncovers fascinatingly vibrant figures from Theodoric the Great, who dominated Italy in the early sixth century, to Charles Martel, who halted the Islamic advance at the battle of Tours, thus demonstrating through the conflict of this period the foundations of modern Europe were laid.<br /><br />Charles Oman was a British historian. Through the course of his life he wrote on a wide number of subjects from ancient history to Napoleonic military history. His work <em>The Dark Ages</em> was first published in 1893. Unlike some previous editions we have decided to join all three books into one single volume. He passed away in 1946.<br /><br /><br />
Augustus Cæsar And The Organization Of The Empire Of Rome
by John Benjamin Firth

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English

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293

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September 23, 2018

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<b><h2>Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor, was one of the most effective leaders the world has ever known.</b></h2><br /><br />He knitted together the Roman world, east and west, into one great organisation of which the Emperor stood as the supreme head. <br /><br />He set his legions upon the distant frontiers and their swords formed a wall of steel within which commerce and peace might flourish. <br /><br />The security was not perpetual, yet it lasted for four centuries, and saved ancient civilisation from destruction. <br /><br />But for the Empire and the system inaugurated by Augustus, there is every probability that the Roman civilisation would have been as thoroughly wiped out in Gaul and Spain, as it was in northern Africa, and as the civilisation of Greece was blotted out in Asia Minor and Syria. <br /><br />We may regret the degeneration of Rome, its loss of freedom, the tyranny of the later Emperors, the civil wars which followed, and the decay of the old martial spirit in the Roman people. But the seeds of degeneration and decay had been planted in the days of the Republic, and would have come to maturity far sooner if there had been no Augustus and no Empire. <br /><br />Augustus started the Roman world on a new career. He made it realise its unity for the first time. That was his life-work, and its consequences are felt to this day.<br /><br />John B. Firth’s work is brilliant study of this remarkable man and the empire that he forged.<br /><br />“attractive as well as scholarly … will certainly be helpful to all who are interested in Augustus and his age.” George Willis Botsford, <em>The American Historical Review</em><br /><br />John Benjamin Firth was a British historian of the ancient world. One of his most famous works was his translation of the letters of the younger Pliny. <em>Augustus Cæsar And The Organization Of The Empire Of Rome</em> was first published in 1902 and Firth passed away in 1943.<br />
The Ancient History of the Near East
by Henry R. Hall

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English

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427

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March 14, 2018

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<b>The Egyptian empire, the Babylonians and the Assyrians, the Hittite kingdom, the Minoans and Mycenaens, the later Greek city states, the ancient Israelite civilization of the Old Testament, as well as many more.<br /><br />All of these emerged in the ancient near east; this was truly the crucible of civilization.</b><br /><br />Henry R. Hall’s brilliant study of the ancient near east uncovers how these civilizations developed, what they believed in, how they survived, adapted and changed to differing pressures, and how some of them eventually crumbled.<br /><br />Hall begins with a study of the area as the early Bronze age civilizations such as the Minoans who built brilliant palace complexes at Knossos around 2000 BC.<br /><br />He then explores the development of humanity in ancient Egypt. A eygptologist by trade Hall is able to describe in brilliant detail how the ancient Egyptians were able to build monumental structures and beautiful sculpture. He explores the lives of many of the pharaohs in detail, for example the mightily powerful Ramasses II to the revolutionary Akhenaten.<br /><br />Chapters V, X and XII uncover the historic civilizations of Babylonia and Assyria. Hall examines the archaeological finds from these sites along with their deciphered scripts to fully explore what these empires were truly like.<br /><br />Through the course of chapter IX Hall compares the archaeological evidence from Syria, Palestine and Israel with the writings of the Old Testament to reveal a fascinating account of the ancient Philistines, Hebrews, and Aramaeans.<br /><br />“I have always felt a respect for the Oxford Greats man [Hall], and now I feel something more like awe.” <em>The Classical Review</em><br /><br />Henry R. Hall MBE, FBA, FSA was an English Egyptologist and historian. Hall's interests were not confined to Egyptology; after the war he directed the British Museum excavations at Ur and Tell Ubaid, in Mesopotamia. He travelled in Greece and western Asia, and published a variety of works on the history of these regions; he even cultivated an interest in Chinese antiquities. His book, <em>The Ancient History of the Near East</em> was first published in 1913 and he passed away in 1930.<br /><br />
The Ancient Black Hebrews (Pomegranate Series Book 1)
by Gert Muller

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English

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76

Publication Date

November 19, 2013

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The evidence from the Bible describes the ancient Hebrews as being Afro-haired and Black. Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon were Black. Pictures of the ancient Hebrews show this part of Biblical record to be accurate. These pictures are presented here!
The Egyptian Book of the Dead
by MacMay

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English

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128

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January 11, 2008

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"Book of the Dead" is the title now commonly given to the great collection of funerary texts which the ancient Egyptian scribes composed for the benefit of the dead. These consist of spells and incantations, hymns and litanies, magical formulae and names, words of power and prayers, and they are found cut or painted on walls of pyramids and tombs, and painted on coffins and sarcophagi and rolls of papyri.
Constantine the Great
by John B. Firth

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English

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240

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August 23, 2017

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<b><em>‘The catastrophe of the fall of Rome, with all that its fall signified to the fifth century, came very near to accomplishment in the third. There was a long period when it seemed as though nothing could save the Empire. Her prestige sank to the vanishing point. Her armies had forgotten what it was to win a victory over a foreign enemy. Her Emperors were worthless and incapable. On every side the frontiers were being pierced and the barriers were giving way...’</em></b><br /><br /><em>Constantine the Great</em> is a fascinating and in depth historical examination of the reorganisation of the Empire after its catastrophic fall, and the subsequent triumph of the Christian Church. <br /><br />Firth, in a grounded approach to the period, questions whether Constantine really did deserve his epithet ‘the Great’ in real life, leaving it to his readers to make up their own minds. <br /><br />What he does assert, though, is that under Constantine’s auspices, one of the most momentous upheavals in history took place. Constantine’s conversion to Christianity – the first of any Roman Emperor – caused shockwaves across the Roman world, and it is this that makes this period such an exciting and important area of study.<br /><br /><b>John B. Firth</b>, a scholar of Queen’s College, Oxford, authored several other titles including <em>Augusts Caesar</em>, studied closely vast and numerous original authorities, all of whom, he jokes, ‘were bitter and malevolent partisans’. With the truth thus so distorted by personal agendas and decayed through the annals of time, Firth made it his priority to meticulously research with an impartial eye in order to produce the most historically accurate account. <em>Constantine the Great</em> is wonderful feat of scholarship, and a must-read for any Roman enthusiast.<br />
The Early Church: From Ignatius to Augustine
by George Hodges

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English

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159

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December 13, 2016

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<b>In the first century A.D., the roots of the early Church began to spread across the Roman world.<br /><br /> But who were its leaders?<br /><br />And how did it survive through waves of hostility and oppression?</b><br /><br />George Hodges, in this fascinating history, explains how the early Church developed from its lowly and persecuted origins of the first century through to becoming the main religion of the Roman Empire and the various kingdoms that succeeded it.<br /><br />Hodges provides a full picture of the Roman Empire and its religion at this time, explaining how the Church was able to gain a foothold, how heresy nearly tore it apart and how many men and women sacrificed their own lives to protect the faith.<br /><br />He uncovers why by the third century the Church began to develop into a settled and definite organisation, with leaders, like Cyprian and Cyril, who assisted their followers, convened at gatherings like the Council of Nicaea to agree on doctrinal matters and how monasticism developed in both the East and West.<br /><br />Finally, Hodges explains how the Church was able survive the collapse of the Roman Empire, a state that had begun to protect and support the Church after Constantine’s conversion in 312. The Church was forced to contend with the power vacuum of the tumultuous fourth and fifth centuries and to make allies and convert the pagans who were threatening them.<br /><br /><em>The Early Church: From Ignatius to Augustine</em> is a brilliant history of the late Roman Empire and how the Christian Church developed within it. <br /><br />George Hodges was an American theologian and dean of the Episcopal Theological School at Cambridge Massachusetts. <em>The Independent</em> stated that many of his works were reissued during his lifetime due to “the high esteem in which his religious messages are held by the reading public." This work was first published in 1915 and he died in 1919.
History of the Roman Empire 27 BC - 180 AD (Illustrated)
by J.B. Bury

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English

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653

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November 04, 2014

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C. JULIUS CESAR, the triumvir and the founder of the Roman Empire, was the grandnephew of C. Julius Caesar, the dictator, his adoptive father. Originally named, like his true father, C. Octavius, he entered the Julian family after the dictator’s death, and, according to the usual practice of adopted sons, called himself C. Julius Caesar Octavianus. But the name Octavianus soon fell into disuse, and by his contemporaries he was commonly spoken of as Caesar, just as Scipio Emilianus was commonly called Scipio.<br /><br />The victory of Actium (Sept. 2, 31 BC), and the death of Marcus Antonius (Aug. 1, 30 BC) placed the supreme power in the hands of Caesar, for so we may best call him until he becomes Augustus. The Roman world lay at his feet and he had no rival. He was not a man of genius and his success had perhaps been chiefly due to his imperturbable self-control. He was no general; he was hardly a soldier, though not devoid of personal courage, as he had shown in his campaign in Illyricum. As a statesman he was able, but not creative or original, and he would never have succeeded informing a permanent constitution but for the example of the great dictator. In temper he was cool, without ardor or enthusiasm. His mind was logical and he aimed at precision in thought and expression. His culture was wide, if superficial; his knowledge of Greek imperfect. In literary style he affected simplicity and correctness; and he was an acute critic. Like many educated men of his time, he was not free from superstition. His habits were always simple, his food plain, and his surroundings modest. His family affections were strong and sometimes misled him into weakness. His presence was imposing, though he was not tall, and his features were marked by symmetrical beauty; but the pallor of his complexion showed that his health was naturally delicate. It was due to his self-control and his simple manner of life that he lived to be an old man...<br />
Early History of the Christian Church: From its Foundation to the...
by Louis Duchesne

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English

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487

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June 24, 2018

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<b><h2>In the fourth century the history of world was dramatically altered.</h2></b><br /><br />In 312, just before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge that saw him crowned emperor, Constantine looked up to the sun and saw a cross of light above it, along with this were Greek words “in this sign, conquer”.<br /><br />He subsequently commanded his troops to pain their shields with Christian symbols before marching to war and victory.<br /><br />A year later and Christianity was granted a level of tolerance that hitherto had been unprecedented.<br /><br />The rise of this three-hundred-year-old religion was further cemented in the year 380 when the Edict of Thessalonica declared Christianity the state religion.<br /><br />Gone were Jupiter, Mars and Venus and the old roman gods that had survived for over a thousand years, their temples were now converted for the worship of the single, Christian God.<br /><br />Duchesne’s history of the fourth century uncovers how Christianity changed from being the marginal, and often persecuted, religion of the third century to a religion that grew in confidence and power and eventually became the sole religion of the Roman Empire.<br /><br />Louis Duchesne’s <em>Early History of the Christian Church</em> is a classic and seminal account covering the years from the founding of Christianity to the end of the fifth century.<br /><br />This is the second volume of a three-piece work regarded as one of the most important records of the beginning of the Christian Church, serving as a standard introduction to the Church’s history for many years.<br /><br />Condemned by the Church in 1912 for being too “Modernist”, Duchesne’s work was reinstalled into Church history by Pope Paul VI in 1966 and remains one of the preeminent sources for early Christian scholars. <br /><br />Orthodox Catholic historian Warren H. Carroll, the late founder of Christendom College, lauded the work as “excellent and thorough". <br /><br />Louis Duchesne (1843-1922) was a French church historian of first rank. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1887 and completed his theological studies at Rome. His interest in the history of the early church was intensified by his travels in Greece and Asia Minor. He became a professor of ecclesiastical history at the Institut Catholique in Paris in 1885. In 1895 he was nominated director of the French School at Rome, a position he held until his death. He was elected a member of the French Academy in 1910. He died in 1922, in Rome, and is buried in the cemetery of Saint-Servan.<br />
A History of Egypt from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conques...
by James Henry Breasted

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English

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291

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February 07, 2017

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<b></b><h2><b>“Considered by Egyptologists as one of the best introductions to their subject ever written.” <em>World Archaeology</em></b></h2><br /><br />James Henry Breasted, in this magnificent work on Ancient Egypt, takes the reader from the earliest days when the Egyptian state had barely formed through to its eventual demise and collapse at the hands of the Persians.<br /><br />He explains why Egypt was able to develop so rapidly and form such a sophisticated socio-political system.<br /><br />As a pioneer Egyptologist, Breasted draws upon a wide variety of sources to create this history of Ancient Egypt, from archaeology to ancient historians and translated hieroglyphics.<br /><br />Through the course of the book he uncovers early Egyptian religious beliefs, the development of the pyramids, the different dynasties that ruled, as well as many other fascinating subjects.<br /><br /><em>A History of Egypt from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest</em> is the authoritative history of Egypt and is essential reading for anyone interesting in learning more about this famous civilization.<br /><br />“Those who wish to obtain a general view of the history of Egypt, from the beginnings to the Persian invasion, written by a scholar steeped in knowledge of the texts, may turn to Professor Breasted’s <em>History of Egypt</em>, the fullest as well as most vivid and interesting that has ever been written.” <em>The English Historical Review</em><br /><br />“The foremost communicator of Egyptology to general audiences.” <em>History Today</em><br /><br />James Henry Breasted was an American archaeologist, Egyptologist and historian. <em>A History of Egypt from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest</em> was his first book, published in 1905. That year he was also promoted to become a professor in Egyptology and Oriental History. In 1919 he founded the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He died in 1935.

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