The Dawn of Civilization tells the story of the ancient world from the Fourth Millennium BC to the Sixth Century BC. All the major civilizations are covered, from the Near East, Egypt and Mediterranean to the great river valleys of India and China and the coastlines of Mexico and Peru. The histories of these cultures have been woven into woven into a compelling and compact narrative, providing a context for the better-known classical era that followed.
The book is an absorbing and enlightening adventure through time, telling the story of the first kings and queens to grace the historical record, the rise and fall of the earliest empires, glorious battles, incredible innovations and colourful myths and legends from the works of Homer and the ancient religions. This is the harsh and uncompromising world of vain Egyptian pharaohs, brutal Assyrian warlords and bloodthirsty barbarian hordes, but also the awe-inspiring age of mystical Cretan priestesses, heroic warriors and earthly wonders such as the Egyptian pyramids and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Anyone who has not specialised in ancient history could be forgiven for thinking that nothing meaningful happened before the Fifth Century BC, when the western classical age is generally considered to have begun. Yet the duration of time between the earliest civilized societies (c.4,000 BC) and the classical period is 3,500 years – considerably longer than the time that separates our own age from the Greeks and Romans. The Dawn of Civilization provides a fresh perspective on ancient history by focusing solely on the world before classical Greece and Rome, organising 3,500 years of remarkable history in a single volume, making this fascinating and multifaceted era accessible to everyone.
Sean graduated in History at the University of Sheffield and later completed an MA in Diplomacy at the University of Nottingham, specialising in international relations in the ancient world. He wrote The Dawn of Civilization while pursuing a professional career, initially for a corporate investigations company and now for a leading executive search firm. Sean is 31 years old and lives with his wife and two daughters in Chipstead, Surrey.