Ancient near East: the Basics

ISBN-10: 0415656982
ISBN-13: 9780415656986
Edition: 2014
Authors: Daniel C. Snell
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 6/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Ancient Near East: The Basics surveys the history of the ancient Middle East from the invention of writing to Alexander the Great’s conquest. The book introduces both the physical and intellectual environment of those times, the struggles of state-building and empire construction, and the dissent from those efforts. Topics covered include:What do we mean when we talk about the Ancient Near East?The rise and fall of powerful states and monarchsDaily life both in the cities and out in the fieldsThe legacy of the Ancient Near East: religion, science and writing systems.Featuring a glossary, chronology and suggestions for further reading, this book has all the tools the reader needs to understand the history and study of the Ancient Near East.

List of figures
Acknowledgments
What We Mean When We Talk About the Ancient Near East
Timeline
Map of the Ancient Near East
The Early Millennia
Agriculture-from the hilly flanks to the river valleys
Cities-life on the plains
City states-patriotism of the small state
Territorial empires-the four quarters united
Kings and temples-co-optation of the gods
Pyramids and ziggurats-monuments for the ages
Royal ideologies-gods or not
The state as protector of the poor-legislating morality
The Second Millennium: Foreigners and New Orders
The Hittite solar system
The king as rainmaker, the king as human
The First Millennium: Worldwide States
The small states-innovation by combination
Religious change on the edges
Perils of empire-deportations and identity
The worldwide states-Persians and Creeks
The fading of the Ancient Near East-ruralization of everyday life
The persistence of the Ancient Near East-the cities and the markets
Literature
Art
Legacies
Domestication of plants and animals
Pottery
The wheel
Literacy
Accounting
Coinage
Science
Astronomy, astrology
The school
City life
Political legacies
Art
Religious ideas
The Rediscovery of the Ancient Near East
The Abb� and the Palmyrenes
Champollion and Egypt
Hincks in his study
The ancient world exposed-from flood story to Bible and Babel
The ancient world used-Biblical archaeology
Conceptual autonomy
History as imperialism
History as reconciliation
Limits of the Future
Philology as queen of the sciences
History today
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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