The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

Book Title: The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039305974X

Author: Susan Wise Bauer


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