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The Story of Mankind

By Van Loon, Hendrik

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Book Id: WPLBN0000151012
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: The Story of Mankind  
Author: Van Loon, Hendrik
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
Historic
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Publisher: World Ebook Library

Excerpt
For the first time in my life I was confronted by the phenomenon of audible silence. When we had climbed the first flight of stairs, I added another discovery to my limited knowledge of natural phenomena—that of tangible darkness. A match showed us where the upward road continued. We went to the next floor and then to the next and the next until I had lost count and then there came still another floor, and suddenly we had plenty of light. This floor was on an even height with the roof of the church, and it was used as a storeroom. Covered with many inches of dust, there lay the abandoned symbols of a venerable faith which had been discarded by the good people of the city many years ago. That which had meant life and death to our ancestors was here reduced to junk and rub- bish. The industrious rat had built his nest among the carved images and the ever watchful spider had opened up shop between the outspread arms of a kindly saint.

Table of Contents
· FOREWORD · THE STORY OF MANKIND · THE SETTING OF THE STAGE · OUR EARLIEST ANCESTORS · PREHISTORIC MAN · HIEROGLYPHICS · THE NILE VALLEY · THE STORY OF EGYPT · MESOPOTAMIA · THE SUMERIANS · MOSES · THE PHOENICIANS · THE INDO-EUROPEANS · THE AEGEAN SEA · THE GREEKS · THE GREEK CITIES · GREEK SELF-GOVERNMENT · GREEK LIFE · THE GREEK THEATRE · THE PERSIAN WARS · ATHENS vs. SPARTA · ALEXANDER THE GREAT · A SUMMARY · ROME AND CARTHAGE · THE RISE OF ROME · THE ROMAN EMPIRE · JOSHUA OF NAZARETH · THE FALL OF ROME · RISE OF THE CHURCH · MOHAMMED · CHARLEMAGNE · THE NORSEMEN · FEUDALISM · CHIVALRY · POPE vs. EMPEROR

 
 



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