Windows into Western Civilization
The material is organized into four sections that cover the ancient near East, the Greco-Roman world, Late Antiquity, and the Middle Ages. Each section of the book offers a fresh, novel approach to familiar topics, and the material asks readers to think outside conventional understanding. Students will learn about Mesopotamia and its perceived pessimistic role in the birth of Western civilization, the eternal optimism of Egypt, Rome as a sponge society, the rise of the corporate Church, and the Middle Ages as a period of adoption and adaptation.
Each chapter includes clearly stated objectives to focus learning, a list of important concepts and themes, discussion questions for class use, timelines, maps, illustrations, and a glossary.
Written for survey courses in pre-modern Western civilization, Windows into Western Civilization can be used as a stand-alone text, or as a supplemental reader to standard textbooks in the discipline.