What is ancient history?

  • (noun): A history of the ancient world.
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Ancient History

Ancient history is the study of the written past from the beginning of recorded human history to the Early Middle Ages. The span of recorded history is roughly 5,000 years, with Cuneiform script, the oldest discovered form of coherent writing, from the protoliterate period around the 30th century BC. This is the beginning of history, as opposed to prehistory, according to the definition used by most historians.

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... However, some sections can be suggested History this should include both recent history (who is teaching now, where they learned, how the art came to be widely known) and ancient history ... Ancient history will very often be a matter of debate in order to maintain a neutral point of view, all versions in common circulation should be described, whether plausible or not, with appropriate ... Ancient history may well be shared with related arts, so this might belong on the family page ...
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... Ancient music is music that developed in literate cultures, replacing prehistoric music ... Ancient music refers to the various musical systems that were developed across various geographical regions such as Persia, India, China, Greece, Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia (see ... Ancient music is designated by the characterization of the basic audible tones and scales ...
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... best known in the field for a major work, the voluminous History of Greece, still read ... British classical historian and sociologist, professor of ancient history at the University of Cambridge 1985–2001 ... English academic and historian, currently a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Lecturer in Ancient History at Exeter College, Oxford and University Reader in Ancient History ...

More definitions of "ancient history":

  • (noun): Knowledge of some recent fact or event that has become so commonly known that it has lost its original pertinence.

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