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Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World by Philip Matyszak

Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World

Philip Matyszak

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication date: 20 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9780500052150

The first book to offer an overview of the lost peoples and cultures who flourished and fought for survival alongside the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

4 stars out of 5
Philip Womack
6 Jun 2020

"Out of the scattered fragments of myth, legend and archaeology, Matyszak builds a compelling narrative of displacement and power"

Given the scale and general lack of evidence, there’s a broad-brush approach; but this is more than made up for by a highly engaging style. The first known city was Uruk, built in 3500 BC. The capital of the Akkadian empire, it was later ruled by Sargon, whose story closely resembles that of Romulus and Remus — ‘though apparently Sargon grew up a gardener, while the founders of Rome began their careers as shepherds’. We still can’t find the city of Akkad — a reminder of the amount of stuff that we will probably never know. But the Akkadians were responsible for how empires were structured, and their imprint looms large. 

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