Ancient near Eastern History and Culture

ISBN-10: 032106674X
ISBN-13: 9780321066749
Edition: 2003
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List price: $83.40
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

List of Tables, Figures, Maps, and Documents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Studying the Ancient Near East
What Is the "Near East"?
The Nature of Historical Study
Antiquity's "Clues"
Creating a Chronology for the Ancient Near East
A Note on Chronological Terminology: B.C.E./C.E. vs. B.C./A.D.
Absolute and Relative Chronology
Sources for Ancient Near Eastern Chronology
Prelude: Near Eastern Prehistory
The Origins of Sedentary Life (c. 10,500-8300 B.C.E.)
Early Agricultural Communities in Southwest Asia (c. 8300-6000 B.C.E.)
The Development of Complex Societies in Southwest Asia (c. 6000-3700 B.C.E.)
Early Cultures of the Nile Valley (c. 8000-3500 B.C.E.)
Major Social, Economic, and Political Developments of the Neolithic Age
The Dawn of Civilization in Western Asia
The Emergence of Mesopotamian Civilization (c. 3700-3000 B.C.E.)
The Urban Revolution
The Development of Cuneiform Writing
The People of Mesopotamia
The Origins of Elam
The Mesopotamian Early Dynastic Period (c. 3000-2330 B.C.E.)
An Era of Independent City States
The "Royal Tombs" of Ur
Mesopotamian Culture During the Early Dynastic Era
Religion and World View
The Development of Kingship
Economy and Society
Education, Literature, and the Arts
Science, Technology, and Warfare
Urbanization in Other Areas of Western Asia (c. 3300-2300 B.C.E.)
Early Bronze Age Syria and Palestine
Early Bronze Age Anatolia and Iran
The First Mesopotamian Empires
The Akkadian Empire (c. 2334-2193 B.C.E)
Sargon of Agade (c. 2334-2279 B.C.E)
Divine Kingship
Administration of the Empire
The Empire's Collapse
The Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2112-2004 B.C.E.)
Ur's Rise to Power
Shulgi's Reforms
The Fall of Ur
Persian Gulf and Central Asian Civilizations
Dilmun, Magan, and Meluhha
The Oxus Civilization
The Old Babylonian Period (c. 2000-1595 B.C.E.)
The "Interregnum" After the Fall of Ur
Hammurabi and His Rivals
Old Babylonian Cultural Developments
The End of Hammurabi's Dynasty and the Rise of the Hittites
The Emergence of New Peoples
Indo-Europeans
Hurrians and the Mitanni
Kassites
Egypt to the End of the Old Kingdom
The Late Predynastic Era (c. 3500-3000 B.C.E)
The Geography of Egypt and Nubia
The People of the Nile Valley
Prelude to Civilization: The Naqada II Period
The Formation of the Egyptian State (c. 3050-2686 B.C.E.)
The Process of Unification
The Development of Egyptian Writing
The Early Dynastic Period (Dynasties 1 and 2)
Major Elements of Egyptian Culture
Mat'at
Divine Kingship
Burial and the Afterlife
Religion and Ritual
The Old Kingdom (Dynasties 3-6, c. 2686-2180 B.C.E.)
Djoser and the First Pyramid
The Zenith of Royal Power: The Fourth Dynasty (c. 2613-2498 B.C.E.)
The Latter Part of the Old Kingdom: Dynasties 5 and 6 (c. 2498-2180 B.C.E.)
Early Egyptian Society and Culture
The Rise and Fall of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom
The First Intermediate Period: Dynasties 7-11a (c. 2180-2040 B.C.E.)
Where is Ma'at?
The Intermediate Period's Effects
The Middle Kingdom: Dynasties 11b-13a (c. 2040-1720 B.C.E.)
The Establishment of the Middle Kingdom
The Impressive Twelfth Dynasty
Cultural Developments During the Middle Kingdom
The Second Intermediate Period: Dynasties 13b-17 (c. 1720-1540 B.C.E.)
The Onset of the Second Intermediate Period
The Kingdom of Kush (Upper Nubia)
Hyksos Rule and the Dynasty at Thebes: Dynasties 15 and 17 (c. 1650-1540 B.C.E.)
Hyksos Relations with the Levant
Egyptian and Levantine Contacts with the Minoan Culture of Crete
The Era of Egyptian Greatness
The Beginning of the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1550-1479 B.C.E.)
The Early Eighteenth Dynasty
The "Royal Heiress" Theory
Hatshepsut and Thutmose III (c. 1479-1425 B.C.E.)
Hatshepsut's Seizure of Power
The Sole Rule of Thutmose III
The Egyptian Empire at Its Height (c. 1425-1350 B.C.E.)
The Reigns of Amenhotep II and Thutmose IV
Amenhotep III, "The Magnificent"
The New Egyptian Army
Late Bronze Age Canaan (Palestine and Coastal Syria)
Relations with the Aegean Kingdoms
Akhenaton and the Amarna Period (c. 1350-1334 B.C.E.)
Controversies of the Amarna Age
Did Akhenaton Have a Co-Regency With His Father?
The Beginning of Amenhotep IV's Reign
Akhenaton's Religion
The Revolution's Denouement
The End of the Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1334-1293 B.C.E.)
Tutankhamun and the Restoration of Amun
The Reigns of Ay and Horemheb, (c. 1325-1293 B.C.E.)
The End of the Bronze Age
The Zenith of Hittite Power (c. 1344-1180 B.C.E.)
Revival and Extension of the Hittite Empire
Hatti's Showdown With Egypt
Achaeans and Trojans in Hittite Texts?
Hittite Culture
Economy, Society, and Government
Religion
Languages and Literature
The Twilight of the Egyptian Empire (c.1293-1150 B.C.E.)
The Empire's Final Flash of Greatness
Invasions of the Sea Peoples
The Collapse of Bronze Age Societies in the Eastern Mediterranean
The Mycenaean Kingdoms
The Demise of the Hittite Empire
The End of Egyptian Power
The Decline of Assyria and Babylonia
What Caused the Collapse?
Recovery and Transformation (C. 1100-745 B.C.E.)
Mesopotamia and Egypt
Assyria and Babylonia
The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt
Anatolia
The Kingdom of Urartu
The Phrygian and Neo-Hittite Kingdoms
Syria
The Aramaeans
The Phoenicians
Early Israel
The Emergence of Israel
The Formation of the Israelite State (The United Monarchy)
The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
Other Small States of the Southern Levant
The Philistines
Ammon, Moab, and Edom
Small Kingdoms and Confederations in Arabia
Mesopotamian Suremacy
The Height of Assyrian Dominion (744-627 B.C.E.)
Reestablishment and Expansion of Assyrian Power (744-681 B.C.E.)
The Empire at Its Zenith (680-627 B.C.E.)
Neo-Assyrian Society and Culture
The King, Crown Prince, and Queen
Non-Royal Social Classes
The Army
Administration of the Empire
Art, Literature, and Science
The Neo-Babylonian (or Chaldean) Empire (625-560 B.C.E.)
Destruction of Assyria (627-605 B.C.E.)
Formation of the Neo-Babylonian and Median Empires
Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon
The End of the Neo-Babylonian Empire
The Emergence of Biblical Monotheism
The Triumph of the Reform Movement
The Babylonian Exile
The Persian Empire
The Origins and Growth of the Achaemenid Empire
The Fluorescence of the Lydian Kingdom (c. 685-547 B.C.E.)
The Creation of the Persian Empire
The Persian Empire at Its Height
Crisis and Restoration
Reorganization of the Empire
Wars With the Greeks
Persian Culture
The King and Court
The Persian Army
The Religion of Zoroaster
Persian Architecture and Art
Judah During the Persian Period
The Restoration of Judah
Religious Developments During the Persian Era
The End of the Achaemenid Persian Empire
Decline of the Empire (424-330 B.C.E.)
Conquest by Alexander the Great
The Legacy of the Ancient Near East
Food, Drink, and Animals
Mathematics and Science
Language and Literature
Music, Art, and Architecture
Religion and Speculative Thought
Glossary
Chronological Chart
Index

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