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HIST 101: World History to 1500 - Harding
A research guide for your biographical essay on a historical figure.
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"Alexander the Great is one of the most celebrated figures of antiquity. In this book, Carol G. Thomas places this powerful figure within the context of his time, place, culture, and ancestry in order to discover what influences shaped his life and career."
"An art historian and archaeologist, Boardman draws on his deep knowledge of Alexander and the ancient world to reflect on the most interesting and emblematic depictions of this towering historical figure."
"Alexander the Great from Britain to Southeast Asia examines parallel traditions of the Alexander Romance in Britain and Southeast Asia, demonstrating how rival Alexanders - one Christian, the other Islamic - became central figures in their respective literatures." See the "Introduction" chapter for an overview.
"Cleopatra is often portrayed as a woman ruled by emotion rather than reason; a queen hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction. But these tales of seduction, intrigue, and suicide by asp have obfuscated Cleopatra's true political genius. Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as Egypt's Roman conquerors, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley offers a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen."
"These wide-ranging essays explore such topics as Cleopatra's controversial trip to Rome, her suicide by snake bite, and the afterlife of her love potions. They view Cleopatra from the Egyptian perspective, and examine the reception in Rome of Egyptian culture, especially of its religion and architecture. They discuss films about her, and consider what inspired Egyptomania in early modern art. Together, these essays illuminate Cleopatra's legacy and illustrate how it has been used and reused through the centuries." Explore book chapters written by different authors.
"In this story, Cleopatra's death was not an end but a beginning--a starting point for a wide variety of appropriations by Augustus and his contemporaries that established a paradigm for cultural conversion."
"Ancient historiography and Cleopatra. Survey of the surviving works by Greek and Latin authors about her." Select chapter 1. 'No Humble Woman She' from the book Cleopatra in Italian and English Renaissance Drama
"The terra cotta army is one of the greatest, and most famous, archaeological discoveries ever made. Over seven thousand life-size figures of warriors and horses were interred in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China--and each figure was individually carved. Weaving together history and a first-hand account of his experiences in China, John Man tells the fascinating story of how and why these astonishing figures were created in the third century BC, and how they have become a symbol of China's history, culture, and society."
"This essay suggests that in Western countries, a widespread loss of faith in democracy has engendered admiration for empire and authoritarianism, which extends even to the First Emperor of Qin, the dictatorial creator of empire in ancient China—even as, in China itself, he remains heavily resented by many thinking people for his brutal and infamously bloody program of empire building."
"The text joins art historical, archaeological and textual evidence to investigate whether the First Emperor's extraordinary interest in sculpture may have been the result of contacts with the contemporary Hellenistic world."
"This article brings recent and previous historical research into an interdisciplinary theoretical framework to interpret the imperial progress in early China as a form of ritual communication. It focuses on the ritual progresses carried out by the First Emperor of Qin in the years following the unification of China in 221 BCE."
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