Home eBooks Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World, 4-Volume Set
Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World, 4-Volume Set
  • Authored by: Peter Bogucki, Editor in Chief
  • Trim Size:
  • ISBN-10: 1438110162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-1016-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • Your Price:
    Sign In for Pricing
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 930
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1384


The four-volume Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World offers comprehensive coverage of the ancient world, from prehistory to the fall of Rome, including Western and non-Western cultures and civilizations. An introduction outlines the key milestones in the development of human society, from the peoples of the Ice Age whose way of life was so vastly different from ours to the citizens of Greece and Rome whom we easily recognize from history books. The 69 signed entries—including 14 on "major" topics with more in-depth coverage—provide readers with an overview of the various ways in which people lived in the past.

Each entry explores a specific topic across the entire world, beginning with an introduction that outlines the major developments in chronological sequence, followed by subsections on the following centers of civilization: Africa, Egypt, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Greece, Rome, and the Americas. Each entry concludes with a list of "see also" references to related entries, followed by a further reading list of books, articles, and Web sites on the topic. Primary source documents, sidebars, and more than 250 black-and-white photographs and maps supplement the text. A glossary, general bibliography, chronology by region, and comprehensive index make this set an easy-to-use and essential reference for high school and college students, researchers, and general readers alike.

Entries include:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Building techniques and materials
  • Calendars and clocks
  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Death and burial practices
  • Drama and theater
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Employment and labor
  • Festivals
  • Food and diet
  • Government organization
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Music and musical instruments
  • Natural disasters
  • Nomadic and pastoral societies
  • Pandemics and epidemics
  • Religion and cosmology
  • Scandals and corruption
  • Sports and recreation
  • Transportation
  • Weaponry and armor
  • Writing
  • and more.



Reviews and Awards

"...comprehensive coverage of the ancient world...Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"...a well-written and -constructed encyclopedia designed to facilitate cross-cultural studies. Appropriate for high school and undergraduate libraries."
Library Journal

"...provides a solid foundation for further exploration...Public, high school and college libraries will all want to consider adding it to their collections."
Against the Grain

"...comprehensive, engaging, and well-researched...[a] masterful investigation of remarkable civilizations. Exhaustive yet accessible..."
School Library Journal


"...a handy source for those seeking a broad overview of areas of life in the ancient world. Recommended."

Please sign in to see your eBook pricing and to be able to add items to your Cart or Wish List.
Title Your Price Format Status Add to Wish List Add to Cart

Standing Order Plan

A Standing Order Plan saves you both time and money without risking a penny of your acquisitions budget. The number of copies you indicate of each new title under the plan you select will automatically as the new edition becomes available. If, for any reason, you wish to cancel your subscription to the plan, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Standing Order Plan available for The World AlmanacĀ® for Kids:
Plan WK1 Single-title hardcover edition at 20% discount

You can use this order form (pdf) to sign up for any of our Standing Order Plans, or you can contact our Customer Service Department:

Email: custserv@factsonfile.com
Phone Number (toll-free): 1-800-322-8755
Fax Number (toll-free): 1-800-678-3633

FREE Learning Resources