The Great Empires of the Ancient World


The compelling story of the world’s greatest ancient powers


ISBN: 9780500295885 Category:


A distinguished team of internationally renowned scholars surveys the great empires from 1600 BC to AD 500, from the ancient Mediterranean to China, in ten comprehensive chapters, taking in the empires of New Kingdom Egypt; the Hittites; Assyria and Babylonia; Achaemenid Persia; Athens; Alexander; Parthian and early Sasanian Persia; Rome; India; and Qin and Han China. Each chapter conveys the main narrative of events, their impact on ancient societies and the dominant rulers who shaped that history, from Ramesses II in Egypt to Chandragupta in India, from Rome’s Augustus to China’s Shi-huangdi.

Exploring the very nature of empire itself, the authors show how profoundly imperialism in the distant past influenced the 19th-century powers and the modern United States.

With 38 illustrations, 28 in colour

Additional information

Weight 253 g
Dimensions 13 x 19.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2021
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Thomas Harrison
Dimensions 13 x 19.7 cm
Weight 253 g


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Thomas Harrison is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of many books on the ancient world, most recently Interpreting Herodotus and Writing Ancient Persia.