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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If you are curious about any aspect of warfare that falls within the chronological and geographic scope of this book, you will either find what you want to know within its pages or remain forever ... Read full review

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Enjoyed researching the data listed in this unique book and would recommend it as a valuable addition
for those interested in the ancient past and history.
Great source of information and
inspiration for all researchers on the near east and a worthy addition to
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List of Illustrations Preface
List of abbreviations Introduction
The Neolithic Age and the origin of warfare to c 3000
Early Dynastic Mesopotamia 35002334
The Akkadian empire 23342190
The NeoSumerian period 21902004
Warcarts and chariots
Middle Bronze Mesopotamia c 20001600
PreDynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt 35002687
Old Kingdom Egypt 26872181
Warfare during the Old Kingdom
First Intermediate Period Egypt 21902061
Middle Kingdom Egypt 20611786
The military system of the Middle Kingdom
Early Second Intermediate Period Egypt 17861667

Warfare in the age of Mari
Mesopotamian siegecraft
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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