By Daniel C. Snell

ISBN-10: 0631232931

ISBN-13: 9780631232933

A significant other to the traditional close to East deals scholars and common readers a finished evaluation of close to jap civilization from the Bronze Age to the conquests of Alexander the good. Covers the civilizations of the Sumerians, Hittites, Babylonians, Assyrians, Israelites and Persians locations specific emphasis on social and cultural background Covers the legacy of the traditional close to East within the medieval and sleek worlds presents an invaluable bibliographical consultant to this box of research

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Most importantly, what is the nature of the state when it emerges: From Sedentism to States, 10,000–3000 BCE 21 benevolent or tyrannical? Are Western scholars who characterize Ancient Near Eastern states as oppressive and exploitative subliminally affected by their opinions of the modern states of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey? Labeling Time and Locating Sites Time blocks and cultural labels are basic vocabulary elements in all archaeological discourse and some generalization is inevitable. But for Near Eastern prehistory, our time units are often over-long; for example the Ubaid period, 5800–4000 B C E , or the Levantine Pre-Pottery Neolithic period, 8200–5600 B C E , are about 2,000 years each.

Food is arguably basic to human concepts of the self and is involved in everything from taboos to feasting, so the species shift, as well as the very fact of domestication, means a major change in self-perception and self-expression. Another issue is that complementary farming-herding practices became common over a wide area during a relatively short time span. Why did this happen? 24 Augusta McMahon Agriculture and Herding: Choice or Necessity? Entwined with arguments over locations are debates over reasons for domestication.

In Anatolia, the Neo-Hittite kingdoms were also annexed, while Sargon’s attempt to conquer the central plateau (Tabal, the later Cappadocia) was short-lived. In the North, Urartu was defeated but remained independent, and Sargon’s attempt to extend the provincial system to Media was also brief. Babylonia, which recovered independence under Merodach-baladan, was the scene of important fights between Assyria, Elam, and the Chaldean chiefs, until Sennacherib opted for the final solution of total destruction that brought about serious reaction because of the religious and cultural prestige of the city.

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