Michael Scott's new book is Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity. From his Q&A with Deborah Kalb:
Q: You divide the book into three sections focusing on politics, war, and religion. How did you decide on the organization of the book?--Marshal Zeringue
A: This is the most difficult step with global history – how do you make the story manageable without creating your own artificial boundaries – either temporal or geographical.
To me, these three moments in time – end 6th century BC, 3-2nd century BCE and 4th century CE – seemed to me fascinating moments when all the parts of the ancient world was changing - sometimes independently of one another and sometimes because of one another.
And those moments in time seemed to me to be about different things: politics, warfare and empire building, and religious...[read on]