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Freeman, Charles 1947-

Works: 80 works in 365 publications in 8 languages and 14,606 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Pictorial works  Maps  Church history  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Charles Freeman
Egypt, Greece, and Rome : civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean by Charles Freeman( Book )

54 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Turkish and held by 3,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a unique and comprehensive introduction to the ancient Mediterranean and its three major civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It reveals a fascinating picture of the deep links between the cultures across the Mediterranean and explores the ways in which these civilizations continue to be influential to this day." "Beginning with the emergence of the earliest Egyptian civilization around 3200 BC, Charles Freeman follows the history of the Mediterranean over a span of four millennia to AD 600, beyond the fall of the Roman empire in the west to the emergence of the Byzantine empire in the east. In addition to the three great civilizations, the peoples of the Ancient Near East and other lesser-known cultures such as the Etruscans, Celts, Persians, and Phoenicians are explored. The author examines the art, architecture, philosophy, literature, and religious practices of each culture, set against its social, political, and economic background. Ample space is also given to key individuals, from Homer to Horace, the Pharaoh Akhenaten to the emperor Augustus, Alexander the Great to Julius Caesar, Jesus to Justinian, and Aristotle to Augustine."--Jacket
The closing of the Western mind : the rise of faith and the fall of reason by Charles Freeman( Book )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A radical reappraisal of the impact of Constantine's adoption of Christianity in 368 AD on the later Roman world, and on Western civilization. Adopting those aspects of the religion that suited his purposes, Constantine turned Rome on a course from the relatively open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic world, towards a culture that was based on the rule of fixed authority. Only a thousand years later, with the Renaissance and the emergence of modern science, did Europe begin to free itself from the effects of Constantine's decision, yet the effects of his establishment of Christianity as a state religion remain with us, in many respects, today.--From publisher description
A new history of early Christianity by Charles Freeman( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relevance of Christianity is as hotly contested today as it has ever been. A New History of Early Christianity shows how our current debates are rooted in the many controversies surrounding the birth of the religion and the earliest attempts to resolve them. Charles Freeman's meticulous historical account of Christianity from its birth in Judaea in the first century A.D. to the emergence of Western and Eastern churches by A.D. 600 reveals that it was a distinctive, vibrant, and incredibly diverse movement brought into order at the cost of intellectual and spiritual vitality. Against the conventional narrative of the inevitable "triumph" of a single distinct Christianity, Freeman shows that there was a host of competing Christianities, many of which had as much claim to authenticity as those that eventually dominated. Looking with fresh eyes at the historical record, Freeman explores the ambiguities and contradictions that underlay Christian theology and the unavoidable compromises enforced in the name of doctrine. Tracing the astonishing transformation that the early Christian church underwent -- from sporadic niches of Christian communities surviving in the wake of a horrific crucifixion to sanctioned alliance with the state -- Charles Freeman shows how freedom of thought was curtailed by the development of the concept of faith. The imposition of "correct belief," religious uniformity, and an institutional framework that enforced orthodoxy were both consolidating and stifling. Uncovering the difficulties in establishing the Christian church, he examines its relationship with Judaism, Gnosticism, Greek philosophy and Greco-Roman society, and he offers dramatic new accounts of Paul, the resurrection, and the church fathers and emperors. -- From publisher description
Holy bones, holy dust : how relics shaped the history of Medieval Europe by Charles Freeman( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relics were everywhere in medieval society. Saintly morsels such as bones, hair, teeth, blood, milk, and clothes, and items like the Crown of Thorns were thought to bring the believer closer to the saint, who might intercede with God on his or her behalf. This book presents an illustrated exploration of 1000 years of holy relics across Europe
The Greek achievement : the foundation of the Western world by Charles Freeman( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement is the first book in a generation to trace the entire course of ancient Greek history across thousands of years - from the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations of the Bronze Age through the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Celebrating the Greeks and their enduring legacy to the world, Freeman's account explores this incredibly rich and varied cultural heritage."--Jacket
The world of the Romans by Charles Freeman( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the rise and fall of Rome with political and military history, maps, and chronological tables
The legacy of ancient Egypt by Charles Freeman( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To its neighbors, Egypt was a land of "gold as plentiful as dust"--A kingdom to be admired and envied, but too powerful to be taken. Other kingdoms rose and fell; Egypt endured. To the early Greeks - who arrived late in Egypt's long history - it was the home of an almost unimaginably ancient written language and equally ancient, mysterious religious traditions that were rumored to hold the secrets of the gods. To the Romans, Egypt was the granary that fed their empire, and a source of strange gods and exotic objects that fascinated everyone from slave to emperor. Only the Arabs, who arrived nearly 1,000 years after the fall of the last Egyptian dynasty, found a nearly clean slate on which to inscribe their history with little reference to the old." "Over the course of the last 400 years, our picture of the land of the pharaohs has been built up piece by piece, leaving plenty of gaps for the imagination to fill in. Paradoxically, in the twentieth century - when most of Egypt's past has finally been well documented - the more familiar and everyday it becomes, the more there is a desire to cling to the exotic, the mysterious, the impenetrable." "This comprehensive and lavishly illustrated book unwraps the layered shroud of history to reveal both Egypts: the real land of kings and queens, officials and craftsmen, archaeologists and tomb-robbers; and the Egypt of the imagination, which has had a hold on Western culture since its origins in classical Greece - a hold that shows no sign of diminishing."--Jacket
A.D. 381 : heretics, pagans, and the dawn of the monotheistic state by Charles Freeman( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the pivotal ways in which Theodosius's decree mandating a Christian orthodoxy ended debates about the nature of God, exploring the reasons why Theodosius's role was made to appear as a consensual ruling by the Council of Constantinople
The ancient Greeks by Charles Freeman( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes various aspects of life in ancient Greece, including religion, government, family life, education, Olympic games, and other entertainments. Also presents captioned pictures of related artifacts
The rise of the Nazis by Charles Freeman( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history surrounding the Nazi rise to power in Germany following World War I
The Horses of St Mark's : a story of triumph in Byzantium, Paris and Venice by Charles Freeman( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a history of the four famous horse statues of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, documenting their mysterious origins and turbulent movements throughout Europe over the centuries
Crisis in Rwanda by Charles Freeman( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates events in Rwanda after the murder of President Habyarimana including the genocide of the Tutsi, the ill-treatment of refugees, and the eventual reconciliation
Why did the rise of the Nazis happen? by Charles Freeman( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following their defeat during World War I, the Germans were looking for new leadership. Nazi Germany, also called the Third Reich, began when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany under the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) whose followers were called Nazis. Why the Germans embraced the Nazis rise to power is examined in this thoughtful book, which includes panels featuring subject-matter expert opinions to encourage critical thinking
The 1930s by Charles Freeman( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and Dutch and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronology of the decade including world headlines, news, sport and arts, and science and technology
AD 381 : heretics, pagans, and the Christian state by Charles Freeman( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this groundbreaking new book, acclaimed historian Charles Freeman shows that the Council of Constantinople was in fact a sham, only taking place after Theodosius's decree had already become law. The Church was acquiescing to the overwhelming power of the emperor - and the council was a cover-up."--Inside jacket
Sites of antiquity : from ancient Egypt to the fall of Rome, 50 sites that explain the classical world by Charles Freeman( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Armchair travelers and history buffs alike will thrill to the beautiful illustrations, floor plans, and maps that complement Sites of Antiquity as it traces the evolution of the Classical world through fifty of its greatest sites. From the Egypt of the pharaohs through the democracies of Greece to the fall of Imperial Rome
Historical atlas of the ancient world, 4,000,000-500 BC by John Haywood( )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Historical Atlas of the Ancient World offers a fascinating guide to the history of humanity from the time of our earliest ancestors to the thriving civilizations of the fifth century BC. Combining superbly detailed maps with a wealth of supporting narrative and an invaluable A-Z historical encyclopedia, it provides not only unique perspectives on the broad sweep of world history but also detailed coverage of regional developments, presenting hard facts and expert interpretation in a form that is both readily accessible and visually exciting. Planned with both the expert and the amateur historian very much in mind, the Historial Atlas of the Ancient World forms a highly accessible, beautifully presented survey that will prove ideal for quick reference or more leisurely browsing
Historical atlas of the classical world, 500 BC--AD 600 by John Haywood( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A superb new guide to the classical world that combines the functions of an historical atlas with those of an historical encyclopedia"--Jacket
Human rights by Charles Freeman( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses what human rights are, the relationship between the state and human rights, threats to these rights, and a concluding chapter sums up the position of human rights in the world today
The rise of Nazism by Charles Freeman( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in Danish and English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses events leading to the Nazi rise to power after World War I and Hitler's takeover of the German government. Suggested level: secondary
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Egypt, Greece, and Rome : civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean
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Charles Freeman British historian

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The closing of the Western mind : the rise of faith and the fall of reasonA new history of early ChristianityHoly bones, holy dust : how relics shaped the history of Medieval EuropeThe Greek achievement : the foundation of the Western worldThe legacy of ancient EgyptA.D. 381 : heretics, pagans, and the dawn of the monotheistic stateThe ancient GreeksThe rise of the Nazis