The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy

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Routledge, Dec 4, 2013 - History - 626 pages

The Ancient Near East reveals three millennia of history (c. 3500–500 bc) in a single work. Liverani draws upon over 25 years’ worth of experience and this personal odyssey has enabled him to retrace the history of the peoples of the Ancient Near East. The history of the Sumerians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians and more is meticulously detailed by one of the leading scholars of Assyriology.

Utilizing research derived from the most recent archaeological finds, the text has been fully revised for this English edition and explores Liverani’s current thinking on the history of the Ancient Near East. The rich and varied illustrations for each historical period, augmented by new images for this edition, provide insights into the material and textual sources for the Ancient Near East. Many highlight the ingenuity and technological prowess of the peoples in the Ancient East. Never before available in English, The Ancient Near East represents one of the greatest books ever written on the subject and is a must read for students who will not have had the chance to explore the depth of Liverani’s scholarship.


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List of figures
The Ancient Near East as a historical problem
The geography of the Ancient Near East
Ashur Berlin 1955 Abb 25 21 1 AdministrativetextfromNippur Kassite period fromH Torczyner Altbabylonische TempelrechnungenVienna 1913pp ...
The Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods
The Urban Revolution 5 The rise and fallofthefirst urbanisation
The rise of Ebla
The Akkadian empire
Syria and the Levant in the Late Bronze
The Middle Assyrian kingdom 21 Kassite Babylonia PART V
Crisis and reorganisation
standardised household plan of cities Tell
The Phoenicians
The Arameans in Syria and Mesopotamia

The Third Dynasty of
The crisis of the second urbanisation
The ™Intermediate period of Isin and Larsa
The Old Assyrian period
The Mari Age 14 Hammurabi of Babylon 15 Anatolia in the Old Hittite period
technologies and ideologies
The rise of Mitanni
The Hittite empire
The NeoHittite states
Assyria Babylonia and Elam in the twelfth to ninth centuries
The rise of the NeoAssyrian empire
The structure of the NeoAssyrian empire
The periphery of the NeoAssyrian empire 31 The fall ofthe empireand the rise oftheChaldeans 32 The Medes and theriseof the Persians
Annotated bibliography

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About the author (2013)

Mario Liverani is Professor of Ancient Near East History at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

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