By Hutton Webster
This e-book goals to provide a concise and attached account of human growth in the course of historic, medieval, and early glossy occasions. it may meet the necessities of these excessive colleges and preparatory colleges the place historic background, as a separate self-discipline, is being supplanted by way of a extra prolonged direction introductory to the learn of contemporary instances and modern difficulties. this type of direction used to be first defined by means of the Regents of the collage of the country of recent York of their Syllabus for Secondary colleges, issued in 1910. because the visual appeal of the Regents' Syllabus the Committee of 5 of the yank old organization has made its record (1911), suggesting a rearrangement of the curriculum which might enable a year's paintings in English and Continental background. nonetheless extra lately the Committee on Social stories of the fee at the Reorganization of Secondary schooling, in its document (1916) to the nationwide schooling organization has certainly instructed the department of eu heritage into elements, of which the 1st may still contain old and Oriental civilization, English and Continental historical past to nearly the tip of the 17th century, and the interval of yank exploration. the 1st twelve chapters of the current paintings are established upon the author's historical historical past, released 4 years in the past. inspite of many omissions, it's been attainable to stick to with no crucial amendment the plan of the sooner quantity. a few new maps and illustrations were further to those chapters. the choice of collateral analyzing, continually a tough challenge within the secondary university, is doubly tough whilst a lot flooring needs to be coated in one direction. the writer ventures, accordingly, to name consciousness to his Readings in old background. Its goal, within the phrases of the preface, is "to supply immature students with numerous prolonged, unified, and fascinating extracts on concerns which a textbook treats with helpful, notwithstanding none the fewer deplorable, condensation." A better half quantity, entitled Readings in Medieval and glossy heritage, should be released almost immediately. References to either books are inserted in footnotes [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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The objects in order are: a mat, a half-circle, a noose, a lion, a hole, two reeds, and a chair-back. ] [Illustration: THE ROSETTA STONE. British Museum, London. ] THE KING AS AUTOCRAT The Oriental peoples, when their history opens, were living under the monarchical form of government. The king, to his subjects, was the earthly representative of the god. Often, indeed, he was himself regarded as divine. The belief in the king's divine origin made obedience to him a religious obligation for his subjects.
PHOENICIAN VOYAGES OF EXPLORATION The Phoenicians were the boldest sailors of antiquity. Some of their long voyages are still on record. We learn from the Bible that they made cruises on the Red Sea and Indian Ocean and brought the gold of Ophir-- "four hundred and twenty talents"--to Solomon.  There is even a story of certain Phoenicians who, by direction of an Egyptian king, explored the eastern coast of Africa, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and after three years' absence returned to Egypt through the strait of Gibraltar.
C. Of all the conquering Pharaohs none won more fame than Rameses II, who ruled for nearly seventy years. His campaigns in Syria were mainly against the Hittites, a warlike people who had moved southward from their home in Asia Minor and sought to establish themselves in the Syrian lands. Rameses does not appear to have been entirely successful against his foes. We find him at length entering into an alliance with "the great king of the Hittites," by which their dominion over northern Syria was recognized.