Greek civilization is universally recognized as the basis of the modern West. But what was the basis of the Greek civilization? In this book the author tells of the great civilizations of the Near East whose heritage passed to Classical Greece. From the dawn of history in the empires of Sumner and Babylon, where writing was developed and laws first codified, to the Medes and the Persians whom Alexander the Great conquered, this history charts the political and social changes that took place over the course of many centuries, culminating at last in the intellectual and material achievements of Greece, Rome and their later successors. As well as the famous races like the Jews and Egyptians, this book explores less well known but vitally important groups such as the Hittites and Hurrians. The kingdoms of Crete and Mycenae are examined for their relevance to the earliest Greek writings, and the book also mentions the Sea Peoples and the terrible might of the Assyrians.
M. Chahin has already published an important book on the early history of Armenia. He formerly lectured in London and now teaches at the universities of Bristol and Exeter.