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Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East: In the Crucible of Empire (John J Collins) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2016) 9789004330177
Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East: In the Crucible of Empire (John J Collins) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2016) 9789004330177
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Title: Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East: In the Crucible of Empire

Author: Collins, John J

Additional Authors or Contributors: J.G. Manning (eds)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004330177

Volumes: 1; Pages: 316

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This collection of essays contains a state of the field discussion about the nature of revolt and resistance in the ancient world. While it does not cover the entire ancient world, it does focus in on the key revolts of the pre-Roman imperial world. Regardless of the exact sequence, it was an undeniable fact that the area we now call the Middle East witnessed a sequence of extensive empires in the second half of the last millennium BCE. At first, these spread from East to West (Assyria, Babylon, Persia). Then after the campaigns of Alexander, the direction of conquest was reversed. Despite the sense of inevitability, or of divinely ordained destiny, that one might get from the passages that speak of a sequence of world-empires, imperial rule was always contested. The essays in this volume consider some of the ways in which imperial rule was resisted and challenged, in the Assyrian, Persian, and Hellenistic (Seleucid and Ptolemaic) empires. Not every uprising considered in this volume would qualify as a revolution by this definition. Revolution indeed was on the far end of a spectrum of social responses to empire building, from resistance to unrest, to grain riots and peasant rebellions. The editors offer the volume as a means of furthering discussions on the nature and the drivers of resistance and revolution, the motivations for them as well as a summary of the events that have left their mark on our historical sources long after the dust had settled.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Contributors

Introduction. John J. Collins and J. G. Manning

When is a Revolt not a Revolt? A Case for Contingency. Erich S. Gruen

Assyria and Babylonia

Revolts in the Assyrian Empire. Succession Wars, Rebellions against a False King, and Independence Movements. Karen Radner

Assyria's Demise as Recompense: A Note on Narratives of Resistance in Babylonia and Judah. Peter R. Bedford

Revolts in the Neo-Assyrian Empire: A Preliminary Discourse Analysis. Eckart Frahm

The Persian Empire

Xerxes and the Oathbreakers: Empire and Rebellion on the Northwestern Front. Matt Waters

Cyrus the Younger and Artaxerxes II, 401 BC. An Achaemenid Civil War Reconsidered. John Lee

Resistance, Revolt and Revolution in Achaemenid Persia. A Response. E. R. M. Dusinberre

The Ptolemaic Kingdom

Revolting Subjects. Empires and Insurrection, Ancient and Modern. Brian McGing

Revolts under the Ptolemies. A Paleoclimatological Perspective. Francis Ludlow and J. G. Manning

The Seleucid Empire

Resistance and Revolt. The Case of the Maccabees. Robert Doran

Temple or Taxes? What Sparked the Maccabean Revolt? John J. Collins

The Roman Empire

The Importance of Perspective. The Jewish-Roman Conflict of 66-70 CE as a Revolution James McLaren and Martin Goodman

Josephus, Jewish Resistance and the Masada Myth. Tessa Rajak

The Impact of the Jewish Rebellions, 66 - 135 CE. Destruction or Provincialization? Seth Schwartz

Bibliography

Index
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