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The Life of Belisarius

by Lord Mahon

At the beginning of the sixth century of the Christian era, the empire of Constantinople was beset with enemies and sinking to decay. The tide of barbarian invasion had lately overwhelmed one half of the ancient provinces of Rome, and these conquests, both by their effect and their example, threatened speedy downfall to the rest. The emperors became either hated from their reforms, or despised from their incapacity, and in either case their fate was the same. Frequent insurrections wasted the resources of the state, and deprived the government of all energy and enterprise; while the armies, turbulent and feeble, had thrown off the restraints of military discipline. It is the purpose of my narrative, to show how the genius of one man averted these dangers, and corrected these defects; how the tottering empire was upheld; how the successors of Augustus were enabled, for a time, to resume their former ascendancy, and to wrest from the hands of the barbarians their most important possessions…



Ancient Civilizations: A Captivating Guide to Mayan History, the Aztecs, and Inca Empire

by Captivating History

Explore the Captivating History and Mythology of Three Ancient Civilizations

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Three captivating manuscripts in one book:

  • Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology
  • Aztec: A Captivating Guide to Aztec History and the Triple Alliance of Tenochtitlan, Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan
  • Incas: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Inca Empire and Civilization

In the first part of this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day, and much more!

Some of the topics and questions covered in the first part of this book include:

  • Maya Timeline
  • Glossary of Important Maya Terms
  • The Origins of the Mesoamerican Civilizations
  • The Archaic period: 7000 – 2000 BC
  • The Olmecs: 1,200 – 300 BC
  • The Preclassic Period and the Magnificent Zapotec
  • Early Preclassic period: 2000 to 1000 BC
  • Cuello and early Maya architecture
  • Middle Preclassic period: 1000 to 300 BC
  • The Zapotec: 600 BC to AD 800
  • Late Preclassic period: 300 BC to AD 250
  • The Classic Period, Doomsday Calendar, and the Mystery of the Red Queen
  • Early Classic – AD 250 to 600
  • How Maya measured the time
  • Late Classic – AD 600 to 900
  • The mystery of the Red Queen
  • Terminal Classic – AD 900 to 1000
  • Food, Rites, and Gruesome Tales
  • How to make Maya hot chocolate at home
  • How did the Maya grow their food?
  • The Maize god
  • The Maya beauty standards
  • The sacred Ball Game
  • The Decline of the Maya Civilization and Human Sacrifice
  • Early Postclassic – AD 1000 to 1250
  • Inside Chichen Itza – features of Maya cities
  • The Maya Observatory (El Caracol)
  • Human sacrifice and the methods
  • The Kukulkan pyramid
  • Late Postclassic Period and the Spanish Conquest
  • Maya Today
  • Maya Creation Story
  • The Maya Cosmology
  • And a Great Deal More that You don’t Want to Miss out on!

Some of the topics and questions covered in the second part of this book include:

  • The Origins of Aztecs: A Tribe Destined for Greatness
  • The Unwelcome Arrival in Mexico Valley
  • The Rise of Tenochtitlán and the Triple Alliance
  • The Greatest Aztec Kings and Their Heritage
  • The Splendor of Tenochtitlán
  • A Guided Tour Around Tenochtitlán
  • Rites, Rituals, and Delicious Recipes
  • The Fall of Tenochtitlán
  • And a Great Deal More that You don’t Want to Miss out on!

Some of the topics and questions covered in the third part of this book include:

  • How the Incas Recorded Their History
  • The Inca Creation Myth
  • The Founding of the Great City of Cuzco
  • The First Dynasty of Inca Rulers and Their Greatest Deeds
  • The Second Dynasty of Inca Rulers and Their Greatest Deeds
  • The Rise of the Inca Empire: A Cosmological Event?
  • Social Order in the Inca Society
  • The Different Roles of Women in the Inca Society
  • Inca Religious Order and Ideology
  • Tour of the Greatest Inca Sights
  • From Pachacuti to the Arrival of the Spanish
  • The Spanish Conquest
  • The Aftermath and the Inca Legacy
  • And a Great Deal More that You don’t Want to Miss out on!

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