Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East

Author: Michael Roaf
Publisher: Checkmark Books
ISBN: 9780816022182
Category: History
Page: 238
View: 8765
Surveys the history and development of Mesopotamian and Near Eastern civilization, describing the cultural, technological, political, and economic achievements of the different peoples living there

Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East

Author: Michael Roaf
Publisher: N.A
Category: Iraq
Page: 238
View: 7274
Maps on lining papers and bibliography.

Atlas of the Ancient Near East

From Prehistoric Times to the Roman Imperial Period
Author: Trevor Bryce,Jessie Birkett-Rees
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317562100
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
View: 7656
This atlas provides students and scholars with a broad range of information on the development of the Ancient Near East from prehistoric times through the beginning of written records in the Near East (c. 3000 BC) to the late Roman Empire and the rise of Islam. The geographical coverage of the Atlas extends from the Aegean coast of Anatolia in the west through Iran and Afghanistan to the east, and from the Black and Caspian Seas in the north to Arabia and the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean in the south. The Atlas of the Ancient Near East includes a wide-ranging overview of the civilizations and kingdoms discussed, written in a lively and engaging style, which considers not only political and military issues but also introduces the reader to social and cultural topics such as trade, religion, how people were educated and entertained, and much more. With a comprehensive series of detailed maps, supported by the authors’ commentary and illustrations of major sites and key artifacts, this title is an invaluable resource for students who wish to understand the fascinating cultures of the Ancient Near East.

Civilizations of the Ancient Near East

Author: Jack M. Sasson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781565636071
Category: Middle East
Page: 3024
View: 6038
Civilizations of the Ancient Near East brings together for the first time in one accessible resource scholarship that was previously scattered in hundreds of monographs and journal articles. One hundred and eighty-nine scholars from all over the world contributed their expertise to make this set the most appealing, original, and comprehensive reference on this fascinating area of study. All students, teachers, and scholars who seek to satisfy their curiosity about the ancient Near East's peoples and cultures will find within these volumes articles that intrigue and inform them.History begins in the ancient Near East. While earlier peoples left signs at Stonehenge, on the walls of caves in France it is in the Near East that we first find messages, evidence of the transmission of knowledge from one generation to another, and the organization of nomadic tribes into societies with distinctive class structures, religions, and governments. Ancient Near Eastern civilizations took a great many forms, from the city-states of Mesopotamia to the centralized monarchy of Egypt, and they generated vital traditions in art, architecture, and literature. Through constant interchange with other parts of the world, these cultures influenced the emergence of three of the world's great religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the shape of human history into the Middle Ages and beyond. The vast expanses of desert in the region have preserved many ancient remains that scholars have recovered and analyzed. Spanning more than 4,000 years, from the Early Bronze Age to 325 BCE, this set explores all aspects of the emergence and development of the diverse cultures of the ancient NearEast.Civilizations of the Ancient Near East presents this enormously rich world from a variety of perspectives. It describes the physical world of the ancient Near East, evaluates the impact of ancient Near Eastern civilizations on succeeding cultures, and reconstructs its cultural contexts based on archaeological findings and the deciphering of documents. This two-volume edition contains the complete text of the original four-volume set, including 189 articles organized in eleven parts, enhanced by 46 maps and 612 photographs and line drawings.

The Early History of the Ancient Near East, 9000-2000 B.C.

Author: Hans J. Nissen
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022618269X
Category: History
Page: 224
View: 6190
Hans J. Nissen here provides a much-needed overview of 7000 years of development in the ancient Near East from the beginning of settled life to the formation of the first regional states. His approach to the study of Mesopotamian civilization differs markedly from conventional orientations, which impose a sharp division between prehistoric and historic, literate, periods. Nissen argues that this approach is too rigid to explain the actual development of that civilization. He deemphasizes the invention of writing as a turning point, viewing it as simply one more phase in the evolution of social complexity and as the result of specific social, economic, and political factors. With a unique combination of material culture analysis written data, Nissan traces the emergence of the earliest isolated settlements, the growth of a network of towns, the emergence of city states, and finally the appearance of territorial states. From his synthesis of the prehistoric and literate periods comes a unified picture of the development of Mesopotamian economy, society, and culture. Lavishly illustrated, The Early History of the Ancient Near East, 9000-2000 B.C. is an authoritative work by one of the most insightful observers of the evolution and character of Mesopotamian civilization.

Mesopotamia and the Bible

Author: Mark W. Chavalas,K. Lawson Younger, Jr.
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567569004
Category: Religion
Page: 320
View: 9145
The study of Syro-Mesopotamian civilization has greatly advanced in the past twenty-five years. In particular the renewed interest in Eastern (or 'Mesopotamian') Syria has radically altered our understanding of not only the ancient Near East, but of the Bible as well. With Syria east of the Euphrates becoming one of the most active areas of archaeological investigation in the entire Near East, the need for a synthesis of this research and its integration with the Hebrew Bible has greatly increased.This volume charts the state of our knowledge, following a general chronological flow, and will appeal not only to scholars of the ancient Near East but also to Biblical specialists interested in the historical and religious backgrounds to the Israelite and Judahite kingdoms.

The Ancient Near East

Author: John L. McLaughlin
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426765509
Category: Religion
Page: N.A
View: 5538
The cultures of the great empires of the ancient Near East from Egypt to Mesopotamia influenced Israel's religion, literature, and laws because of Israel's geographic location and political position situation. Anyone who wishes to understand the Old Testament texts and the history of ancient Israel must become familiar with the history, literature, and society of the surrounding kingdoms that at times controlled the region. Brief in presentation yet broad in scope, Ancient Near East will introduce students to the information and ideas essential to understanding the texts of the Old Testament while clarifying difficult issues concerning the relationship between Israel and its neighbors. Abingdon Essential Guides fulfill the need for brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introductions to the core disciplines in biblical, theological, and religious studies.

Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia

Author: Norman Bancroft-Hunt
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780816057306
Category: History
Page: 190
View: 8741
Uses maps, text, and illustrations to present the history of the area known as the Fertile Crescent, the Ancient Near East, and Mesopotamia, from its earliest period in the fifth millennium B.C.E. through the Sassanian Empire.

A Companion to the Ancient Near East

Author: Daniel C. Snell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405137398
Category: History
Page: 560
View: 4015
A Companion to the Ancient Near East offers students and general readers a comprehensive overview of Near Eastern civilization from the Bronze Age to the conquests of Alexander the Great. Covers the civilizations of the Sumerians, Hittites, Babylonians, Assyrians, Israelites and Persians Places particular emphasis on social and cultural history Covers the legacy of the Ancient Near East in the medieval and modern worlds Provides a useful bibliographical guide to this field of study

Who Were The Babylonians?

Author: Bill T. Arnold
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004130713
Category: Religion
Page: 148
View: 5540
Who was Hammurapi, and what role did his famous "law code" serve in ancient Babylonian society? Who was the mysterious Merodach-baladan, and why did the appearance of his emissaries in Jerusalem so upset Isaiah? Who was Nebuchadnezzar II, and why did he tear down the Solomonic temple and drag the people of God into exile? In short, who were the Babylonians? This engaging and informative introduction to the best of current scholarship on the Babylonians and their role in biblical history answers these and other significant questions. The Babylonians were important not only because of their many historical contacts with ancient Israel but because they and their predecessors, the Sumerians, established the philosophical and social infrastructure for most of Western Asia for nearly two millennia. Beginning and advanced students as well as biblical scholars and interested nonspecialists will read this introduction to the history and culture of the Babylonians with interest and profit. Paperback edition available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

Readings from the Ancient Near East

Primary Sources for Old Testament Study
Author: Bill T. Arnold,Bryan E. Beyer
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801022924
Category: Religion
Page: 240
View: 2476
Comprehensive, up-to-date collection of primary source documents (creation accounts, epic literature, etc.) gives insight into the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament.

Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.E.

Author: Daniel C. Snell
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300076660
Category: History
Page: 270
View: 8557
This overview of life in the ancient Near East surveys the region from the invention of writing 5000 years ago to Alexander the Great's conquest. The book presents a history of the social and economic conditions affecting ordinary people and of the relations between governments in the region.

Near Eastern Seals

Author: Dominique Collon
Publisher: N.A
Category: Cylinder seals
Page: 64
View: 5265

Ancient Cities

The Archaeology of Urban Life in the Ancient Near East and Egypt, Greece and Rome
Author: Charles Gates
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113467662X
Category: History
Page: 464
View: 5437
Well illustrated with nearly 300 line drawings, maps and photographs, Ancient Cities surveys the cities of the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds from an archaeological perspective, and in their cultural and historical contexts. Covering a huge area geographically and chronologically, it brings to life the physical world of ancient city dwellers by concentrating on evidence recovered by archaeological excavations from the Mediterranean basin and south-west Asia Examining both pre-Classical and Classical periods, this is an excellent introductory textbook for students of classical studies and archaeology alike.

Atlas of the Christian Church

Author: Henry Chadwick,Gillian Rosemary Evans
Publisher: Facts on File
ISBN: 9780816016433
Category: Travel
Page: 240
View: 8071
Uses maps to trace the history and development of the Christian church, and describes the international church today, images of Christ, religious orders, holidays, and church music and buildings

Atlas of the Jewish World

Author: Nicholas Robert Michael De Lange
Publisher: Checkmark Books
ISBN: 9780871960436
Category: History
Page: 240
View: 550
An illustrated survey of the history and culture of the Jewish people from earliest times to the present.

Babylonian tablets from the first Sealand dynasty in the Schøyen Collection

Author: Stephanie Dalley
Publisher: Capital Decisions Ltd
ISBN: 9781934309087
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 319
View: 3105

What Makes Civilization?

The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West
Author: David Wengrow
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199699429
Category: Egypt
Page: 240
View: 9808
Our attachment to ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Egypt as the "birthplace of civilization", where the foundations of our own societies were laid, is as strong today as it has ever been. When the Iraq Museum in Baghdad was looted in 2003, our newspapers proclaimed "the death of history". Yetthe ancient Near East also remains a source of mystery: a space of the imagination where we explore the discontents of modern civilization. In What Makes Civilization? archaeologist David Wengrow investigates the origins of farming, writing, and cities in Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the connections between them. This is the story of how people first created kingdoms and monuments to the gods - and, just as importantly, how they adoptedeveryday practices that we might now take for granted, such as familiar ways of cooking food and keeping the house and body clean. Why, he asks, have these ancient cultures, where so many features of modern life originated, come to symbolize the remote and the exotic? What challenge do they pose to our assumptions about power, progress, and civilization in human history? And are the sacrifices we now make in the name of "our"civilization really so different from those once made by the peoples of Mesopotamia and Egypt on the altars of the gods?