History of the Ancient near East CA. 3000-323 BC

ISBN-10: 1405149116

ISBN-13: 9781405149112

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

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This book presents a clear, concise history of the extraordinary multicultural civilizations of the ancient Near East. Bestselling narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East. Addresses political, social, and cultural developments. Contains in-depth discussion of key texts and sources, including the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Includes numerous maps, illustrations, and a selection of Near Eastern texts in translation. Integrates new research, and greatly expands the guides to further reading for this second edition.
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Charts
List of Maps
List of Boxes
List of Documents
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introductory Concerns
What is the Ancient Near East?
The Sources
Geography
Prehistoric Developments
City-States
Origins: The Uruk Phenomenon
The Origins of Cities
The Development of Writing and Administration
The "Uruk Expansion"
Uruk's Aftermath
Competing City-States: The Early Dynastic Period
The Written Sources and their Historical Uses
Political Developments in Southern Mesopotamia
The Wider Near East
Early Dynastic Society
Scribal Culture
Political Centralization in the Late Third Millennium
The Kings of Akkad
The Third Dynasty of Ur
The Near East in the Early Second Millennium
Nomads and Sedentary People
Babylonia
Assyria and the East
Mari and the West
The Growth of Territorial States in the Early Second Millennium
Shamshi-Adad and the Kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia
Hammurabi's Babylon
The Old Hittite Kingdom
The "Dark Age"
Territorial States
The Club of the Great Powers
The Political System
Political Interactions: Diplomacy and Trade
Regional Competition: Warfare
Shared Ideologies and Social Organizations
The Western States of the Late Second Millennium
Mittani
The Hittite New Kingdom
Syria-Palestine
Kassites, Assyrians, and Elamites
Babylonia
Assyria
The Middle Elamite Kingdom
The Collapse of the Regional System and its Aftermath
The Events
Interpretation
The Aftermath
Empires
The Near East at the Start of the First Millennium
The Eastern States
The West
The Rise of Assyria
Patterns of Assyrian Imperialism
The Historical Record
Ninth-Century Expansion
Internal Assyrian Decline
Assyria's World Domination
The Creation of an Imperial Structure
The Defeat of the Great Rivals
The Administration and Ideology of the Empire
Assyrian Culture
Assyria's Fall
The Medes and Babylonians
The Medes and the Anatolian States
The Neo-Babylonian Dynasty
The Persian Empire
The Rise of Persia and its Expansion
Political Developments
Organization of the Empire
Alexander of Macedon
King Lists
Guide to Further Reading
Index
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