Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC: Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History

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Routledge, Sep 27, 2006 - History - 544 pages
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The only book available that covers this subject, Warfare in the Ancient Near East is a groundbreaking and fascinating study of ancient near Eastern military history from the Neolithic era to the middle Bronze Ages.

Drawing on an extensive range of textual, artistic and archaeological data, William J. Hamblin synthesizes current knowledge and offers a detailed analysis of the military technology, ideology and practices of Near Eastern warfare.

Paying particular attention to the earliest known examples of holy war ideaology in Mesopotamia and Egypt, Hamblin focuses on:

* recruitment and training of the infantry
* the logistics and weaponry of warfare
* the shift from stone to metal weapons
* the role played by magic
* narratives of combat and artistic representations of battle
* the origins and development of the chariot as military transportation
* fortifications and siegecraft
*developments in naval warfare.

Beautifully illustrated, including maps of the region, this book is essential for experts and non-specialists alike.

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations Preface
Introduction
The Neolithic Age and the origin of warfare to c 3000
Early Dynastic Mesopotamia 35002334
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Akkadian empire 23342190
Warcarts andchariots
Middle Bronze Mesopotamia c 20001600
Canaan
Anatolia
PreDynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt 35002687
Old Kingdom Egypt 26872181
Warfare duringthe Old Kingdom 15 First IntermediatePeriodEgypt 21902061
Early Second Intermediate Period Egypt 17861667
Notes
Bibliography

Warfare inthe ageofMari 8 Mesopotamian siegecraft 9 Syria and Lebanon

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About the author (2006)

William J. Hamblin is Associate Professor at Brigham Young University, Utah.  He has written and taught on both the ancient near east and on the same region in the middle ages.

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