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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 S. A. Cook.[1] A third, totally revised edition was published between 1970 and 2005, consisting of 14 volumes in 19 books.

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

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 seriesEdit

Volumes published[5]Edit

  • I.I: Prolegomena and Prehistory
  • I.II: Early History of the Middle East
  • II.I: History of the Middle East and the Aegean Region c.1800-1380
  • II.II: History of the Middle East and the Aegean Region c.1380-1000
  • III.I: The Prehistory of the Balkans; and the Middle East and the Aegean world, tenth to eighth centuries B.C.
  • III.II: The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires and other States of the Near East, from the Eighth to the Sixth Centuries B.C.
  • III.III: The Expansion of the Greek World, Eighth to Sixth Centuries B.C.
  • 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.I: The Hellenistic World
  • VII.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 alsoEdit


  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.
  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.
  5. ^ "Cambridge Histories Online". Cambridge Histories Online. Retrieved 29 March 2011.

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