Summary: This general introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt, offers the right amount of detail for the course without being encyclopedic. Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in Near Eastern political history, the book interlaces social and cultural history with the political narrative. This combination allows readers to get a rounded introduction to the subject of Ancient Near Eastern history. Provides an
overview of Ancient Near East history and culture, supplemented with a broad variety of primary source materials, without being encyclopedic. Overview of Ancient Near East History. Readers interested in learning about the Ancient Near East.
Summary: This general introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt, offers the right amount of detail for the course without being encyclopedic. Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in Near Eastern political history, the book interlaces social and cultural history with the political narrative. This combination allows readers to get a rounded introduction to the subject of Ancient Near Eastern history. Provides an overview of Ancient Near East history and culture, supplemented with a broad variety of primary source materials, without being encyclopedic. Overview of Ancient Near East History. Readers interested in learning about the Ancient Near East. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:2ND 08 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc. Year Published: 2008 International: No
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List of Tables, Figures, Maps, and Documents Preface Acknowledgments CHAPTER 1 Introduction Studying the Ancient Near East What Is the "Near East"? The Nature of Historical Study Antiquity's "Clues" Creating a Chronology for the Ancient Near East A Note on Chronological Terminology: b.c.e./c.e. vs. b.c./a.d. Absolute and Relative Chronology Sources for Ancient Near Eastern Chronology Prelude: Near Eastern Prehistory The Origins of Sedentary Life (c. 10,500ndash;8300 b.c.e.) Early Agricultural Communities in Southwest Asia (c. 8300ndash;6000 b.c.e.) The Development of Complex Societies in Southwest Asia (c. 6000ndash;3700 b.c.e.) Early Cultures of the Nile Valley (c. 8000ndash;3500 b.c.e.) Debating the Evidence: The Emergence of Social Stratification and Male Dominance CHAPTER 2 The Dawn of Civilization in Western Asia The Emergence of Mesopotamian Civilization (c. 3700ndash;3000 b.c.e.) The Urban Revolution The Development of Cuneiform Writing Debating the Evidence: The Origin of the Sumerians Other People of Mesopotamia The Emergence of Elam The Mesopotamian Early Dynastic Period (c. 3000ndash;2330 b.c.e.) An Era of Independent City States Debating the Evidence: The "Royal Tombs" of Ur Mesopotamian Culture During the Early Dynastic Era Religion and World View Debating the Evidence: The Sacred Marriage Ceremony The Development of Kingship Economy and Society Education, Literature, and the Arts Science, Technology, and Warfare Urbanization in Other Areas of Western Asia (c. 3300ndash;2300 b.c.e.) Early Bronze Age Syria and Palestine Early Bronze Age Anatolia and Iran CHAPTER 3 The First Mesopotamian Empires The Akkadian Empire (c. 2334ndash;2193 b.c.e.) 65 Sargon of Akkad (c. 2334ndash;2279 b.c.e) Sargon's Successors Debating the Evidence: Divine Kingship Administration of the Empire Debating the Evidence: Reasons for Empire's Collapse The Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2112ndash;2004 b.c.e.) Ur's Rise to Power Shulgi's Reforms The Fall of Ur Persian Gulf and Central Asian Civilizations Dilmun, Magan, and Meluhha The Oxus Civilization CHAPTER 4 The Old Babylonian Period and Its Aftermath The "Interregnum" After the Fall of Ur (2000-1800 B.C.E.) The Assyrian Merchant Colony at Kanesh The Ascendancy of Isin and Larsa Hammurabi and His Dynasty (c. 1800-1595 B.C.E.) Shamshi-Adad's Empire Hammurabi and His Successors Old Babylonian Cultural Developments Literature Debating the Evidence: The "Code" of Hammurabi Babylonian Society in the "Code" The Hittite Old Kingdom Debating the Evidence: Indo-European Origins The Emergence of a Hittite State The Emergence of New Peoples The Hurrians and the Kingdom of Mitanni Kassite Rule in Babylonia CHAPTER 5 EGYPT TO THE END OF THE OLD KINGDOM The Late Predynastic Era (c. 3500ndash;3000 b.c.e) The Geography of Egypt and Nubia The People of the Nile Valley Prelude to Civilization: The Naqada II Period The Formation of the Egyptian State (c. 3050ndash;2686 b.c.e.) Debating the Evidence: The Process of Unification The Development of Egyptian Writing The Early Dynastic Period (Dynasties 1 and 2) Major Elements of Egyptian Culture Ma'at Divine Kingship Burial and the Afterlife Religion and Ritual The Old Kingdom (Dynasties 3
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