Ancient History - HSC

Resources for HSC Ancient History and History Extension

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Selected ebooks

Gender, Memory, and Identity in the Roman World

Demonstrates the significance of gender, memory and identity through their interaction at all social levels of Imperial Rome. It casts light on the construction and maintenance of both public and private identities in the Roman Empire through memory, and highlights the role of gender in that process.

Deep Time Dreaming

Investigates a twin revolution: the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the twentieth century, and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia. It explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging.

After Thermopylae

The Battle of Plataea in 479 BCE is one of world history's unjustly neglected events. It decisively ended the threat of a Persian conquest of Greece. Cartledge analyses a little-known oath reputedly sworn by the leaders of Athens, Sparta, and other Greek city-states prior to the battle – the Oath of Plataea. The oath also highlights the profound role of religion and myth in ancient Greek life.

In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire

During the thirteenth century, the Mongols created the greatest empire in human history. Genghis Khan and his successors brought death and destruction to Eurasia, and created courts in China, Persia and southern Russia that were famed as centers of wealth, learning, power and religion. Robinson traces how the newly established Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in China crafted a narrative to prove that it was the rightful successor to the Mongol empire.

Urbanization in Viking Age and Medieval Denmark

Drawing on both archaeological and historical sources, this book traces the history of urbanisation in Denmark from the Viking Age to 1350, exploring how interconnected political, religious and economic factors were instrumental in bringing about the growth of towns.

Ancient Egypt in the Modern Imagination

Explores representations of Ancient Egypt in the modern imagination, breaking down conventional disciplinary boundaries between fields such as History, Classics, Art History, Fashion, Film, Archaeology, Egyptology, and Literature to further a nuanced understanding of ancient Egypt in cultures stretching from the eighteenth century to the present day.

The Politics of the Past in Early China

Explores how the past was implicated in the long transition of power in early China, as embodied by the decline of the late Bronze Age aristocracy and the rise of empires over the first millenium BCE. Leung shows that the past was mobilized as powerful ideological capital in political debate and ethical dialogue.

Using Ebook Central (ProQuest)