In The Shadow Of The Sword : The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
by Tom Holland
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between the two great empires: Persians and Romans.One hundred years, and one had disappeared forever, while the other was a dismemberment, the trunk hemorrhage.In their place, a new superpower had emerged: the empire of the Arabs.So profound was this upheaval that he wrote, in fact, the end of the ancient world.But the changes that marked the period were more than purely political, or even cultural: there is also a transformation of human society, with incalculable consequences for the future.Today, more than half of the world’s population belongs to one of the various religions, which has taken something like their definitive form in the last centuries of antiquity.Wherever men or women are inspired by belief in a single god, to think or behave in some way, they testify to the respectful impact of this extraordinary, convulsive age – even if, as Tom Holland demonstrates, much of what Jews, Christians and Muslims believe more about the origins of their religion is open to debate.In the Shadow of the Sword explores how a succession of great empires came to identify themselves with a new and revolutionary understanding of the divine.It’s a living story with drama, horror and amazing achievement, and the most remarkable stars leaders ever seen.
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