The Cambridge Ancient History

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 - History - 962 pages
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Volume III Part II carries on the history of the Near East from the close of Volume III Part I and covers roughly the same chronological period as Volume III Part III. During this period the dominant powers in the East were Assyria and then Babylonia. Each established an extensive empire which was based on Mesopotamia, and each in turn fell largely through internal strife. Assyrian might was reflected in the imposing palaces, libraries and sculptures of the Assyrian kings. Babylonian culture was outstanding in literature, mathematics and astronomy, and the great buildings of Nebuchadnezzar II surpassed even those of the Assyrian kings. Israel and Judah suffered at the hands of both imperial powers, Jerusalem being destroyed and part of the population deported to Babylon; and Egypt was weakened by an Assyrian invasion. The Phoenicians found a new outlet in colonising and founded Carthage. A number of small, vigorous kingdoms developed in Asia Minor, while from the north and north east the Scythian nomadic tribes pressed down upon Turkey and the Danube valley, but found their match in the Thracian tribes which held south-eastern Europe and parts of western Turkey. The burials of the chieftains of both peoples were remarkable for the great wealth of offerings.
  

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Contents

Tiglathpileser III to Sargon II 744705 B C
71
Sennacherib and Esarhaddon 704669 B C
103
the reign of Ashurbanipal
142
The fall of Assyria 635609 B C
162
Assyrian civilization
194
Babylonia 605539 B C
229
The culture of Babylonia
252
ib Babylonian mathematics astrology and astronomy
276

zc Firstmillennium Babylonian literature
293
Israel and Judah from the coming of Assyrian domination
322
Judah until the fall of Jerusalem c 700586 B C
371
The Babylonian Exile and the restoration of the Jews
410
Phoenicia and Phoenician colonization
461
33 Thrace before the Persian entry into Europe
591
Anatolia
622
34 Anatolian languages
666
in Dynastic expansion and Asiatic adventure
689
Taharqa the brief triumph and disaster
695
The Theban principality
703
The rise of Psammetichus I
708
vn The Saite concern with Asia
714
Vin The growth of Egyptian maritime policy
720
The Nubian campaign of Psammetichus II
726
Domestic policies and internal affairs of the Saite kings
730
Art and culture during the Nubian and Saite dynasties
738
Chronological table
748
Note on the calendar
750
BIBLIOGRAPHY Abbreviations
751

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