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By Jacques Cauvin, Trevor Watkins

This cutting edge examine analyzes the nice cultural and fiscal alterations taking place within the close to East among 10,000 and 7,000 BC as Palaeolithic societies of hunter-gatherers gave technique to village groups of Neolithic food-producers. difficult the orthodox, materialist interpretations, and drawing on French theories of mentalities, Jacques Cauvin argues that the Neolithic revolution has to be understood as an highbrow transformation, revealing itself principally in symbolic actions. He describes the emergence of the 1st agricultural villages, pastoralism and nomadism, and the diffusion of Neolithic principles and perform to the region's outer edge.

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Like Tiberius and Caligula, Claudius sometimes had bad relations with the Senate. But he was popular with average Romans, as he spent money on public buildings and lowered some taxes. Claudius also made the first major expansion of Roman territory since Augustus. In the east Rome took complete control of Thrace, and the empire began to play a role in nearby Dacia, in what is now Romania. Roman activity spread all along the Black Sea and reached as far as the Don River, in what is now Russia. In North Africa Claudius strengthened Roman rule over Mauretania, modern-day Morocco and part of Algeria.

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