Ancient Empires From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam

ISBN-10: 0521717809

ISBN-13: 9780521717809

Edition: 2011

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List price: $86.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 7.00" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Mark W. Graham is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Grove City College, Pennsylvania. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and has contributed chapters to several books including Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition and Encyclopedia of the Empires of the World. He is the author, most recently, of News and Frontier Consciousness in the Late Roman Empire.

Introduction: What Is an (Ancient) Empire?
Definition of Empire
Empire, Response, and Resistance
Empires, Ancient and Modern
Questions, Questions, Questions
Prelude to the Age of Ancient Empires
The Dawn of Empire
Between Amarna and Qadesh: Realpolitik Bronze Age Style
Collapse of the International System
The Rise of the Age of Ancient Empires
The Levels of Historical Time and the Rise of the Age of Ancient Empires
Climate Change and the Birth of a New Age
The Neo-Assyrian Revival
The Logic of Assyrian Domination
The Demise of Assyrian Domination
Dealing with Empires: Varieties of Responses
Secondary State Formation: Urartu
Coalition and Collapse: Syria and Its Neighbors
Revival of East-West Trade: The Phoenicians/Canaanites
Conflict and Covenant: Israel and Judah
Beyond the Near East: The Neo-Babylonian and Early Achaemenid Persian Empires
The Rise (and Fall) of the Neo-Babylonian Empire
Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Neo-Babylonian Rulership in Action
Interlude: The People of the Book
The Enigmatic Nabonidus and the Persian Takeover
The Rise of a Multiculturalist Empire: The Achaemenid Persians
The Pragmatics of a Multicultural Empire
Responding to Empire
The Crucible of History: East Meets West
The Greek Expansion and the Birth of the Polis
The Ionian Intellectual Revolution and the Limits of Persian Tolerance
The Crucible of History
The Greco-Persian War
Postlude: East, West, and Orientalism
Democracy and Empire between Athens and Alexander
A Golden Age (at Athens)
Can a Democracy Run an Empire? The Peloponnesian War
The Empire Strikes Back: Alexander the Great
�Spear-Won� Empires: The Hellenistic Synthesis
Alexander's �Funeral Games�
The Hellenistic IEMP Synthesis
Empire and the City
The Individual in the Hellenistic World
Resistance and Revolt: Mauryans and Maccabees
The Western Mediterranean and the Rise of Rome
The Western Mediterranean Setting
Roman Beginnings: Inside and Outside
The Roots of Roman Imperialism
Imperium Sine Fine: Roman Imperialism and the End of the Old Order
Rome versus Carthage
Symplok� Rome and the Hellenistic East
The Late Republic and the End of the Old Order
The New Political Order: The Foundations of the Principate
Mr. IEMP: Octavian/Augustus
Pax Romana
Into the Arena: A Microcosm of Imperial Society in the Principate
�Barbarians� through Roman Eyes: The Romans Encounter �the Other�
Ruling and Resisting the Roman Empire
Power and the Provinces
The Imperial Cult and Roman Rule
Resisting Roman Rule
Imperial Crisis and Recovery
The �Third-Century Crisis�
The Rise of Christianity
The Dominate: Cosmos Restored
Universal Empires and Their Peripheries in Late Antiquity
Roman Political and Religious Universalism
Renovatio: Byzantium, the New Rome
The Rise of the Sasanid Persian Empire
Politics, Resistance, and Heterodoxies at the Peripheries of the Empires
The Formation of the Islamic World Empire
The Clash of Empires and the End of the (Ancient) World
The Arabs and the Rise of Islam
The Umayyads: The First Islamic (and the Last Ancient) Empire
Further Reading
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