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The Cambridge World History of Violence, Volume 1 The Prehistoric and Ancient Worlds

By: Garrett G Fagan(Editor), Linda Fibiger(Editor), Mark Hudson(Editor), Matthew Trundle(Editor)
756 pages, 42 b/w illustrations, 1 map, 3 tables
The Cambridge World History of Violence, Volume 1
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  • The Cambridge World History of Violence, Volume 1 ISBN: 9781107120129 Hardback Mar 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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The first in a four-volume set, The Cambridge World History of Violence, Volume 1 provides a comprehensive examination of violence in prehistory and the ancient world. Covering the period through to the end of classical antiquity, the chapters take a global perspective spanning sub-Saharan Africa, the Near East, Europe, India, China, Japan and Central America. Unlike many previous works, this book does not focus only on warfare but examines violence as a broader phenomenon. The historical approach complements, and in some cases critiques, previous research on the anthropology and psychology of violence in the human story. Written by a team of contributors who are experts in each of their respective fields, this volume will be of particular interest to anyone fascinated by archaeology and the ancient world.


Introduction. The nature of violence in the prehistoric and ancient worlds / Linda Fibiger, Garrett G. Fagan and Mark Hudson

Part I. The Origins of Conflict and the Emergence of Warfare: Introduction
1. Why we fight: the origins of violence / Steven LeBlanc
2. Violence in Archaic and early modern humans: Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe and beyond / Jörg Orschiedt
3. Settled lives, unsettled times – Neolithic violence / Rick Schulting, Martin Smith and Linda Fibiger
4. Violence during the later Stone Age of Sub-Saharan Africa / Alan G. Morris
5. Weapons, warriors, and warfare in Bronze Age Europe / Barry Molloy
6. Weapons, ritual, and warfare: violence in Iron Age Europe / Peter Wells
7. The origins of violence and warfare in the Japanese islands / Mark Hudson, Rick Schulting and Linda Gilaizeau

Part II. Pre-Historic and Ancient Warfare: Introduction
8. Hunting and warfare: ritualization of violence in Ancient Egypt / John Darnell
9. Warfare, militarism, and political dynamics in the precolumbian Maya lowlands / Stanley Serafin
10. Violence and warfare in the Ancient Near East / Steven Garfinkle
11. Violence and the Roman way of warfare / Jonathan P. Roth
12. Roman warfare in late antiquity / Doug Lee
13. Violence and warfare in early Imperial China / Wicky Tse

Part III. Intimate and Collective Violence in the Pre-Historic and Ancient Worlds: Introduction
14. Early massacres: mass violence in Neolithic Europe / Christian Meyer
15. A gendered analysis of violence from the Iron Age to the end of the Romano- British period / Rebecca Redfern
16. Violence in ancient Egyptian society / Donald Redford
17. Violence and the mutilated body in Achaemenid Iran / Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
18. 'Knocking her teeth out with a stone': violence against women in Ancient Greece / Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
19. Gang violence in the late Roman Republic / Jeffrey Tatum
20. Violence in early Imperial China / Charles Sanft

Part IV. Religion, Ritual and Violence in the Pre-Historic and Ancient Worlds: Introduction
21. Ritual violence and headhunting in Iron Age Europe / Ian Armit
22. Ritual killing and sacrifice in the Ancient Near East / Luis Siddall
23. Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds / Fred S. Naiden
24. Combat sports in the ancient world / Michael J. Carter
25. Religious violence in late antiquity / Peter Van Nuffelen

Part V. Violence, Crime and the State in the Ancient World: Introduction
26. Violence, law, and community in classical Athens / Matthew Trundle
27. Roman violence: state and community / Garrett G. Fagan
28. Suicide and martyrdom among Christians and Jews / Candida R. Moss

Part VI. Representations and Constructions of Violence in the Ancient World: Introduction
29. Kingship and violence in classical India, c. 500 BCE to 500 CE / Upinder Singh
30. Violence and the Bible / Debra Scoggins Ballentine
31. Representations of violence in ancient Mesopotamia and Syria / Davide Nadali
32. Representations of war and violence in Ancient Rome / Susann Lusnia
33. Military violence in vedic and epic India / Jarrod Whitaker.

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Garrett G. Fagan was Professor of Ancient History at the Pennsylvania State University. His main research interests lay in the field of Roman history and archaeology, on which he published three monographs, including The Lure of the Arena: Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games (Cambridge, 2011). He edited or co-authored three other books, including New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare (with Matthew Trundle, 2010).

Linda Fibiger is Senior Lecturer in Human Osteology in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. She is editor (with Nicholas Marquez-Grant) of The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation (2011), and of Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: Neolithic Violence in a European Perspective (with R. Schulting, 2012).

Mark Hudson is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany. He is also a Research Associate of the Institut d'Asie Orientale, ENS de Lyon. His previous books include Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands (2000), which won the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association of Asian Studies. He has also co-edited Multicultural Japan: Palaeolithic to Postmodern (Cambridge, 1996) and Beyond Ainu Studies: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives (2013).

Matthew Trundle is Chair and Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Greek Mercenaries: From the Late Archaic Period to Alexander (2004), and has edited volumes entitled New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare (with Garrett Fagan, 2010) and Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae (with Christopher Matthew, 2013).

- Linda Fibiger
- Garrett G. Fagan
- Mark Hudson
- Steven LeBlanc
- Jörg Orschiedt
- Rick Schulting
- Martin Smith
- Alan G. Morris
- Barry Molloy
- Peter Wells
- Linda Gilaizeau
- John Darnell
- Stanley Serafin
- Steven Garfinkle
- Jonathan P. Roth
- Doug Lee
- Wicky Tse
- Christian Meyer
- Rebecca Redfern
- Donald Redford
- Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
- Jeffrey Tatum
- Charles Sanft
- Ian Armit
- Luis Siddall
- Fred S. Naiden
- Michael J. Carter
- Peter Van Nuffelen
- Matthew Trundle
- Candida R. Moss
- Upinder Singh
- Debra Scoggins Ballentine
- Davide Nadali
- Susann Lusnia
- Jarrod Whitaker

By: Garrett G Fagan(Editor), Linda Fibiger(Editor), Mark Hudson(Editor), Matthew Trundle(Editor)
756 pages, 42 b/w illustrations, 1 map, 3 tables
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