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History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC, 2nd ed (Marc Van De Mieroop) Hardcover Book, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) 9781405149105
History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC, 2nd ed (Marc Van De Mieroop) Hardcover Book, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) 9781405149105
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Title: A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC, 2nd ed

Author: Mieroop, Marc Van De

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781405149105

Edition: 2nd Volumes: 1; Pages: 368

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This book presents a clear, concise history of the extraordinary multicultural civilizations of the ancient Near East.* Integrates new research, and greatly expands the guides to further reading for this second edition.* Addresses political, social, and cultural developments.* Contains in-depth discussion of key texts and sources, including the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh.* Includes plentiful maps, illustrations, and a selection of Near Eastern texts in translation.ContentsList of IllustrationsList of ChartsList of MapsList of BoxesList of DocumentsPreface to Second EditionPreface to First EditionAcknowledgmentsAuthor's Note1. Introductory Concerns1.1 What is the Ancient Near East?1.2 The Sources1.3 Geography1.4 Prehistoric DevelopmentsPart I: City-States:2. Origins: The Uruk Phenomenon2.1 The Origins of Cities2.2 The Development of Writing and Administration2.3 The "Uruk Expansion"2.4 Uruk's Aftermath3. Competing City-States: The Early Dynastic Period3.1 The Written Sources and their Historical Uses3.2 Political Developments in Southern Mesopotamia3.3 The Wider Near East3.4 Early Dynastic Society3.5 Scribal Culture4. Political Centralization in the Late Third Millennium4.1 The Kings of Akkad4.2 The Third Dynasty of Ur5. The Near East in the Early Second Millennium5.1 Nomads and Sedentary People5.2 Babylonia5.3 Assyria and the East5.4 Mari and the West6. The Growth of Territorial States in the Early Second Millennium6.1 Shamshi-Adad and the Kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia6.2 Hammurabi's Babylon6.3 The Old Hittite Kingdom6.4 The "Dark Age"Part II: Territorial States:7. The Club of the Great Powers7.1 The Political System7.2 Political Interactions: Diplomacy and Trade7.3 Regional Competition: Warfare7.4 Shared Ideologies and Social Organizations8. The Western States of the Late Second Millennium8.1 Mittani8.2 The Hittite New Kingdom8.3 Syria-Palestine9. Kassites, Assyrians, and Elamites9.1 Babylonia9.2 Assyria9.3 The Middle Elamite Kingdom10. The Collapse of the Regional System and its Aftermath10.1 The Events10.2 Interpretation10.3 The AftermathPart III: Empires:11. The Near East at the Start of the First Millennium11.1 The Eastern States11.2 The West12. The Rise of Assyria12.1 Patterns of Assyrian Imperialism12.2 The Historical Record12.3 Ninth-Century Expansion12.4 Internal Assyrian Decline13. Assyria's World Domination13.1 The Creation of an Imperial Structure13.2 The Defeat of the Great Rivals13.3 The Administration and Ideology of the Empire13.4 Assyrian Culture13.5 Assyria's Fall14. The Medes and Babylonians14.1 The Medes and the Anatolian States14.2 The Neo-Babylonian Dynasty15. The Persian Empire15.1 The Rise of Persia and its Expansion15.2 Political Developments15.3 Organization of the Empire15.4 Alexander of MacedonKing ListsGuide to Further ReadingIndex
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