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Volcanism appears not to be of systematic importance, since few of the ancient civilizations are near Holocene volcanic centers (except in the Western Hemisphere, an intriguing relation outside the purview of this volume). Quaternary volcanism, however, did provide important soil and building material assets in Italy. The civilizations differ so much from each other in their apparent environmental characters that it is difficult to say which of them might be related to tectonism (Table 1). Climatecontrolled vegetation varies greatly and may have changed since antiquity, but latitudes ranging from ~27° to 42° have not (the difference between Tampa and Boston).

1994; Trifonov and Karakhanian, 2004; Force, 2008). The tectonic boundaries that belong in this pattern are mostly convergent to transcurrent ones, associated with the southern margin of the Eurasian plate. The civilizations are those conventionally regarded as the greatest of antiquity (they could be defined as those that score eight or higher in the ten original criteria of Childe, 1950). It is worth recalling that conventional criteria for greatness in a civilization have valued cities, monumental (preservable) architecture, and (preserved and deciphered) The papers in this volume offer abundant evidence of the destructive seismic environment of many ancient sites.

Those farthest from these boundaries tended to endure longer times with essentially the same character (Force, 2008, Fig. , they were more static (and perhaps used their building material resources more slowly). A third clue suggesting the part played by cultural response is the link with cultural change, especially religious change, corresponding to tectonic events. D. correspond to changes in predominant religion in Corinth and in Kourion, respectively (Rothaus, 1996; Soren and James, 1988). An earthquake in Sparta ca.

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