1st ed. - London, England : New York, N.Y., USA : Viking, c1993.
xiv, 290 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-284) and index.
This companion to the editor's "Penguin Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations" goes beyond the misleading definition of "classical" civilization, which is traditionally reserved for Greco-Roman antiquity, and examines the five great civilizations which were at their height between 550BC and 600AD: the Chinese, the Indians, the Persians, the Greeks and their Roman heirs. (source: Nielsen Book Data)