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Ancient history as a term refers to the aggregate of past events from the beginning of writing and recorded human history and extending as far as the post-classical history. The phrase may be used either to refer to the period of time or the academic discipline. The span of recorded history is roughly 5,000 years, beginning with Sumerian Cuneiform script; the oldest discovered form of coherent writing from the proto-literate period around the 30th century BC. Ancient History covers all continents inhabited by humans in the 3,000 BC - AD 500 period.

The broad term Ancient History is not to be confused with Classical Antiquity. The term classical antiquity is often used to refer to Western History in the Ancient Mediterranean from the beginning of recorded Greek history in 776 BC (First Olympiad). This roughly coincides with the traditional date of the Founding of Rome in 753 BC, the beginning of the history of ancient Rome, and the beginning of the Archaic period in Ancient Greece.

The academic term "history" is not to be confused with colloquial references to times past. History is fundamentally the study of the past through documents, and can be either scientific (archaeology) or humanistic (history through language). Although the ending date of ancient history is disputed, some Western scholars use the fall of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476 (the most used), the closure of the Platonic Academy in AD 529, the death of the emperor Justinian I in AD 565, the coming of Islam or the rise of Charlemagne as the end of ancient and Classical European history. Outside of Europe the 450-500 time frame for the end of ancient times has had difficulty as a transition date from Ancient to Post-Classical times.

Available Books

Book Title Date
Ancient History - A History of Art in Ancient Egypt Vol. 1 A History of Art in Ancient Egypt Vol. 1 1883
Ancient History - A History of Art in Ancient Egypt Vol. 2 A History of Art in Ancient Egypt Vol. 2 1883
Ancient History - A History of Art in Chaldaea & Assyria Vol. 1 A History of Art in Chaldaea & Assyria Vol. 1 1884
Ancient History - A History of Art in Chaldaea & Assyria Vol. 2 A History of Art in Chaldaea & Assyria Vol. 2 1884
Ancient History - An Historical Atlas An Historical Atlas 1830
Ancient History - Ancient Fragments Ancient Fragments 1832
Ancient History - Ancient India as Described by Megasthenes and Arrian Ancient India as Described by Megasthenes and Arrian 1877
Ancient History - Antiquities of the Orient Unveiled Antiquities of the Orient Unveiled 1873
Ancient History - Antiquities of the Orient Unveiled Antiquities of the Orient Unveiled 1875
Ancient History - Arrian's History of Alexander's Expedition Vol. 1 Arrian's History of Alexander's Expedition Vol. 1 1729
Ancient History - Arrian's History of Alexander's Expedition Vol. 2 Arrian's History of Alexander's Expedition Vol. 2 1729
Ancient History - Arrian's Voyage Round the Euxine Sea Arrian's Voyage Round the Euxine Sea 1805
Ancient History - Bactria, the History of a Forgotten Empire Bactria, the History of a Forgotten Empire 1912
Ancient History - Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Vol. 1 Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Vol. 1 1870
Ancient History - Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Vol. 2 Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Vol. 2 1870
Ancient History - Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Vol. 3 Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Vol. 3 1870
Ancient History - Geographia Antiqua Latinorum et Graecorum Geographia Antiqua Latinorum et Graecorum 1721
Ancient History - History of Art in Persia History of Art in Persia 1892
Ancient History - History of Art in Phoenicia Vol. 1 History of Art in Phoenicia Vol. 1 1885
Ancient History - History of Art in Phoenicia Vol. 2 History of Art in Phoenicia Vol. 2 1885
Ancient History - History of Art in Phrygia, Lydia, Caria, and Lycia History of Art in Phrygia, Lydia, Caria, and Lycia 1892
Ancient History - History of Art in Primitive Greece Vol. 1 History of Art in Primitive Greece Vol. 1 1894
Ancient History - History of Art in Primitive Greece Vol. 2 History of Art in Primitive Greece Vol. 2 1894
Ancient History - History of Art in Sardinia, Judaea, Syria, and Asia Minor Vol. 1 History of Art in Sardinia, Judaea, Syria, and Asia Minor Vol. 1 1890
Ancient History - History of Art in Sardinia, Judaea, Syria, and Asia Minor Vol. 2 History of Art in Sardinia, Judaea, Syria, and Asia Minor Vol. 2 1890
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 1 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 1 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 2 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 2 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 3 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 3 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 4 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 4 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 5 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 5 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 6 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 6 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 7 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 7 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 8 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 8 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 9 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 9 1900
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 10 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 10 1904
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 11 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 11 1904
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 12 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 12 1904
Ancient History - History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 13 History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria Vol. 13 1904
Ancient History - L'antique Rome, ou, Description Historique et Pittoresque L'antique Rome, ou, Description Historique et Pittoresque 1796
Ancient History - Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Assyria Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Assyria 1916
Ancient History - Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt 1916
Ancient History - Quintus Curtius, His History of the Wars of Alexander Quintus Curtius, His History of the Wars of Alexander 1714
Ancient History - Sanchoniatho's Phoenician History Sanchoniatho's Phoenician History 1720
Ancient History - The Ancient Fragments The Ancient Fragments 1828
Ancient History - The Commerce and Navigation of the Ancients in the Indian Ocean Vol. 1 The Commerce and Navigation of the Ancients in the Indian Ocean Vol. 1 1807
Ancient History - The Commerce and Navigation of the Ancients in the Indian Ocean Vol. 2 The Commerce and Navigation of the Ancients in the Indian Ocean Vol. 2 1807
Ancient History - The Commerce and Navigation of the Erythraean Sea The Commerce and Navigation of the Erythraean Sea 1879
Ancient History - The Course of Empire The Course of Empire 1883
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 1 The Delphian Course Vol. 1 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 2 The Delphian Course Vol. 2 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 3 The Delphian Course Vol. 3 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 4 The Delphian Course Vol. 4 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 5 The Delphian Course Vol. 5 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 6 The Delphian Course Vol. 6 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 7 The Delphian Course Vol. 7 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 8 The Delphian Course Vol. 8 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 9 The Delphian Course Vol. 9 1922
Ancient History - The Delphian Course Vol. 10 The Delphian Course Vol. 10 1922
Ancient History - The Egyptian Dynasties of Manetho The Egyptian Dynasties of Manetho 1863
Ancient History - The Geography of Strabo Vol. 1 The Geography of Strabo Vol. 1 1854
Ancient History - The Geography of Strabo Vol. 2 The Geography of Strabo Vol. 2 1854
Ancient History - The Geography of Strabo Vol. 3 The Geography of Strabo Vol. 3 1854
Ancient History - The History of the World The History of the World 1614
Ancient History - The Invasion of India by Alexander the Great The Invasion of India by Alexander the Great 1896
Ancient History - The Life of Alexander the Great, King of Macedon The Life of Alexander the Great, King of Macedon 1796
Ancient History - The Periplus of Hanno The Periplus of Hanno 1912
Ancient History - The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea 1912
Ancient History - The Romans on the Riviera and the Rhone The Romans on the Riviera and the Rhone 1898
Ancient History - The Voyage of Nearchus from the Indus to the Euphrates The Voyage of Nearchus from the Indus to the Euphrates 1797
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece [Atlas] Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece [Atlas] 1795
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 1 Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 1 1794
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 2 Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 2 1794
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 3 Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 3 1794
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 4 Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 4 1794
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 5 Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 5 1794
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 6 Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 6 1794
Ancient History - Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 7 Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece Vol. 7 1794
Ancient History - Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate Vol. 1 Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate Vol. 1 1799
Ancient History - Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate Vol. 2 Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate Vol. 2 1800
Ancient History - Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate Vol. 3 Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate Vol. 3 1800

Images

Image Name
End of the Fifteenth Century (about A.D. 1500)
Roman Milestone in Valley of Laghet, near Nice
End of the Fifth Century (about A.D. 500)
Winged Man-Headed Lion
Vestale
Archers, hastats
The Lion's Charge
End of the Eleventh Century (about A.D. 1100)
Title Page
A.D. 1100. Period Of The First Crusade.
End of the Twelfth Century (about A.D. 1200)
Frondeur
Hunting Scenes
A.D. 395. The Division Of The Roman Empire.
A.D. 1660. At The Restoration Of The Stuarts.
Ponte Lungo, near Albenga
Licteur a pied
Citoyen romain
B.C. 753. The Foundation Of Rome.
Roman Aqueduct at Frejus (Forum Julii)
End of the Thirteenth Century (about A.D. 1300)
Aruspice romain
End of the Third Century before Christ (about 200 B.C.)
Premier Frontispiece
Statue of Ashur-Natsir-Pal III
Mont Sainte Victoire and Environs of Aix-en-Provence
Dictateur romain
Back Cover
Citoyenne de Rome
Arles from the Rhone
Course du cirque
End of the Fifth Century before Christ (about 400 B.C.)
Empereur romain
End of the Sixth Century (about A.D. 600)
Gladiateurs-pugilats
Pretre salien
End of the Seventh Century (about A.D. 700)
Ancient and Modern Frejus
Soldat romain
End of the Third Century (about A.D. 300)
Senateur romain
Consuls a Rome
Ancient and Modern Cities and Harbours of Massilia (Marseilles)
Creation Tablets
Pass of San Bernardo in the Apennines behind Albenga
For the Year 1883
Mariage des romains
Edile romain
Mediaeval Bridge, Replacing Roman Pons Argenteus
Assyrian Cavalry Charging
About the Year 500 B.C.
Orateur romain
Licteur a cheval
Augure romain
Censeur romain
Pretre flamine
Soldats pretoriens
A.D. 1828. End Of The General Peace.
A.D. 1. The Roman Empire in the Augustan Age.
A.D. 1498. The Discovery Of America.
A.D. 1783. Independence Of The United States.
Grand pontife
Toilette des dames romaines
End of the Fourteenth Century (about A.D. 1400)
The City Gate
A.D. 1294. Exhibiting The Empire Of Kublai Khan.
Pretres luperques
End of the Eighth Century (about A.D. 800)
A.D. 337. At The Death Of Constantine.
Section of Table of Peutinger (circa A.D. 390)
Title Page
Front Cover - The King Makes Offering Over a Dead Lion
End of the First Century after Christ (about A.D. 100)
Tribun du peuple
Marduk Conquers Tiamat
End of the Sixteenth Century (about A.D. 1600)
Adapa Breaks the Wings of the South Wind
The Mouths of the Rhone
Second Frontispiece
Title Page
The King Goes Hunting
End of the Eighteenth Century (about A.D. 1800)
B.C. 1491. The Exodus Of The Israelites.
End of the Fourth Century (about A.D. 400)
End of the First Century before Christ (about A.D. 1)
Legionnaires et velites
Temple of Augustus and Livia at Vienne-en-Dauphine
Roi des sacrifices
Jeune rom. famille patricienne
B.C. 529. Exhibiting The Empire Of Cyrus.
Dying Lioness
Title Page
Reine des sacrifices
Gulf of Frejus and Valley of River Argens with View of Mont Roquebrune
B.C. 146. At The End Of The Third Punic War.
Buccinator romain

Maps

Map Name
An Historical Atlas - B.C. 323. Exhibiting The Empire Of Alexander. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 395. The Division Of The Roman Empire. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1811. Empire of Napoleon Bonaparte. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1783. Independence Of The United States. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1100. Period Of The First Crusade. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 912. Dissolution of the Empire Of Charlemagne. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1498. The Discovery Of America. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1294. Exhibiting The Empire Of Kublai Khan. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 476. The Dissolution Of the Western Empire. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - B.C. 146. At The End Of The Third Punic War. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - B.C. 529. Exhibiting The Empire Of Cyrus. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1. The Roman Empire in the Augustan Age. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 814. Exhibiting The Empire Of Charlemagne. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1551. At The Death Of Charles V. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1828. End Of The General Peace. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 337. At The Death Of Constantine. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - B.C. 753. The Foundation Of Rome. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - B.C. 2348. The Deluge. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - B.C. 1491. The Exodus Of The Israelites. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - A.D. 1660. At The Restoration Of The Stuarts. (1830)
An Historical Atlas - B.C. 301. Exhibiting The Partition Of The Empire Of Alexander. (1830)

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