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The Cambridge Ancient History
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University Press
Published1924–1939; 1970–2005
No. of books19

The Cambridge Ancient History is a multi-volume work of ancient history from Prehistory to Late Antiquity, published by Cambridge University Press. The first series, consisting of 12 volumes, was planned in 1919 by Irish historian J. B. Bury and published between 1924 and 1939, co-edited by Frank Adcock and Stanley Arthur Cook.[1] The second series was published between 1970 and 2005, consisting of 14 volumes in 19 books.

The Cambridge Ancient History is part of a larger series of works, along with The Cambridge Medieval History and The Cambridge Modern History, intended to cover the entire history of European civilisation.[2] In the original edition, it was the last in this series to appear, the first volume of the Modern History having been published in 1902, and the first volume of the Medieval History in 1911.[3] In the second series, however, the Ancient History began to be published before the Medieval History.[4]

Second series[edit]

Volumes published[edit]

Chapter Title Author
1 The geological ages David Leslie Linton & F. Moseley
2 Physical conditions in Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Egypt before the period of agricultural and urban settlement K. W. Butzer
3 Primitive Man in Egypt, Western Asia and Europe in Palaeolithic times, & in Mesolithic times Dorothy A. E. Garrod & Grahame Clark
4 The evidence of Language William F. Albright & Thomas Oden Lambdin
5 The earliest populations of man in Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa D. R. Hughes & Donald Reginald Brothwell
6 Chronology: I. Egypt—to the end of the Twentieth Dynasty. II. Ancient Western Asia. III. The Aegean Bronze Age William C. Hayes, Michael B. Rowton, Frank Henry Stubbings
7 (a) The earliest settlements in Western Asia from the ninth to the end of the fifth millennium B.C. (b) Anatolia before 4000 B.C. James Mellaart
8 The development of cities from Al-'Ubaid to the end of Uruk 5 Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan
9 (a) Predynastic Egypt (b) Palestine during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods (c) Cyprus during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods Elise Jenny Baumgartel, Roland de Vaux, Hector William Catling
10 The Stone Age in the Aegean S. S. Weinberg
  • I part II (1971): Early History of the Middle East – edited by I. E. S. Edwards, C. J. Gadd, N. G. L. Hammond
Chapter Title Author
11 The Early Dynastic Period in Egypt I. E. S. Edwards
12 The last Predynastic Period in Babylonia Henri Frankfort & Leri Davies
13 The cities of Babylonia C. J. Gadd
14 The Old Kingdom in Egypt and the beginning of the First Intermediate Period W. Stevenson Smith
15 Palestine in the early Bronze Age Roland de Vaux
16 The Early Dynastic Period in Mesopotamia Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan
17 Syria before 2200 B.C. Margaret Stefana Drower & Jean Bottéro
18 Anatolia c.4000–2300 B.C. James Mellaart & Carl William Blegen
19 The dynasty of Agade and the Gutian invasion C. J. Gadd
20 The Middle Kingdom in Egypt William C. Hayes
21 Syria and Palestine c.2160–1780 B.C. Georges Posener, Jean Bottéro, Kathleen Mary Kenyon
22 Babylonia c. 2120–1800 B.C. C. J. Gadd
23 Persia c.2400–1800 B.C. Walther Hinz
24 Anatolia c.2300–1750 B.C. James Mellaart, Carl William Blegen, Hildegard Lewy
25 Assyria c.2600–1816 B.C. Hildegard Lewy
26 Greece, Crete, and the Aegean islands in the early Bronze Age John Langdon Caskey & Hector William Catling
27 Immigrants from the north R. A. Crossland
  • II part I: History of the Middle East and the Aegean Region c.1800-1380 – edited by I. E. S. Edwards, C. J. Gadd, N. G. L. Hammond, L. Sollberger
Chapter Title Author
1 Northern Mesopotamia and Syria J. R. Kupper
2 Egypt: from the death of Ammenemes III to Seqenenre II William C. Hayes
3 Palestine in the Middle Bronze Age Kathleen M. Keyton
4 Greece and the Aegean Islands in the Middle Bronze Age John Langdon Caskey
5 The maturity of Minoan civilization F. Matz
6 Cyprus in the Middle Bronze Age H. W. Catling
7 Hammurabi and the end of his dynasty C. J. Gadd
8 Anatolia c. 1750–1600 BC Oliver R. Gurney
9 Persia c. 1800–1550 BC O. Walther Hinz
10 Egypt: from the expulsion of the Hyksos to Amenophis I T. G. H. James
11 Egypt: internal affairs from Tuthmosis I to the death of Amenophis III William C. Hayes
12 Syria c. 1550–1400 BC Margaret S. Drower
13 Palestine in the time of the Eighteenth Dynasty Kathleen Mary Keyton
14 The Zenith of Minoan civilization F. Matz
15 The linear scripts S. Dow and J. Chadwick
16 The rise of Mycenaean civilization Frank H. Stubbings
17 Anatolia C. 1660–1380 BC Oliver R. Gurney
18 Troy VI Carl William Blegen
19 The archaeological evidence of the second millennium BC on the Persian Plateau Robert H. Dyson
  • II part II: History of the Middle East and the Aegean Region c.1380-1000
  • III part I: The Prehistory of the Balkans; and the Middle East and the Aegean world, tenth to eighth centuries B.C.
  • III part II: The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires and other States of the Near East, from the Eighth to the Sixth Centuries B.C.
  • III part III: The Expansion of the Greek World, Eighth to Sixth Centuries B.C. – edited by John Boardman, N. G. L. Hammond
  • IV: Persia, Greece and the Western Mediterranean C. 525 to 479 B.C.
  • V: The Fifth Century B.C.
  • VI: The Fourth Century B.C.
  • VII part I: The Hellenistic World
  • VII part II: The Rise of Rome to 220 B.C.
  • VIII: Rome and the Mediterranean to 133 B.C.
  • IX: The Last Age of the Roman Republic, 146-43 B.C.
  • X: The Augustan Empire, 43 B.C.-A.D. 69
  • XI: The High Empire, A.D. 70-192
  • XII: The Crisis of Empire, A.D. 193–337
  • XIII: The Late Empire, A.D. 337–425
  • XIV: Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, A.D. 425–600

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rhodes, P. J. "The Cambridge Ancient History" (PDF). Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ Westermann, William Linn (1928). "The Progress of the Cambridge Ancient History". Political Science Quarterly. 43 (2): 266. doi:10.2307/2143304. JSTOR 2143304.
  3. ^ Rhodes, P. J. "The Cambridge Ancient History" (PDF). p. 19. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  4. ^ Rhodes, P. J. "The Cambridge Ancient History" (PDF). p. 21. Retrieved 28 March 2013.

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