The Ancient Near East, C. 3000-330 BC, Volume 1

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Middle East - 782 pages
The Ancient Near East embraces a vast geographical area, from the borders of Iran and Afghanistan in the east to the Levant and Anatolia, and from the Black Sea in the north to Egypt in the south. It was a region of enormous cultural, political and linguistic diversity. In this authoritative new study, Amélie Kuhrt examines its history from the earliest written documents to the conquest of Alexander the Great, c.3000-330 BC. This work dispels many of the misapprehensions which have surrounded the study of the region. It provides a lucid, up-to-date narrative which takes into account the latest archaeological and textual discoveries and deals with the complex problems of interpretation and methodology. The Ancient Near East is an essential text for all students of history of this region and a valuable introduction for students and scholars working in related subjects.
 

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Contents

THE LEVANT c 1200c 720 385
1
The environment
6
BABYLONIA c 900539 573
9
TABLES
11
The Neolithic background
12
MESOPOTAMIA IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM BO
19
chronology of main archaeological phases
22
1b The cities c 29002340
27
3d Egypt in the Middle Kingdom c 2040c 1720 20231720
161
Chronology of dynasty XII
162
3e The Second Intermediate Period and Hyksos rule in Egypt
173
Chronology of the Second Intermediate Period
175
The great powers c 1600c 1050
183
dynasties XXIXXV 1069664 623
185
chronology
186
late dynasty XVIII 14031306 13901295
194

1c The Empire of Agade
44
3i Chronology of Agade rulers and their successors
45
3ii Alternative chronology of Agade kings
46
1d The Third Dynasty of Ur 21122004
56
Chronology of the Third Dynasty of Ur
63
THE OLD BABYLONIAN
74
8a The seapeoples 386
75
Chronology of southern Mesopotamia c 20001750
79
2b Ashur in the Old Assyrian period c 2000c 1800
81
Chronology of the Old Assyrian kings
82
THE ACHAEMENID EMPIRE c 550330 647
87
2c The Old Assyrian merchants in Anatolia c 1900c 1830
90
Archaeological sequence of Kültepe in the Old Assyrian kārumperiod
91
First Dynasty of Babylon and contemporary kings
99
2e Hammurabi and the First Dynasty of Babylon 18941595
108
11f The cities of Babylonia in the Late Babylonian period 610
116
EGYPT FROM DYNASTY I TO DYNASTY XVII
118
8c The survival of Late Bronze Age centres 401
123
13b Persians and Medes 652
124
3a The formation of the Egyptian state
125
Chronology of predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt
128
EGYPT c 1000525 623
129
c 26862181
135
Old Kingdom
136
3c Herakleopolis and the rise of Thebes c 21801991
154
the First Intermediate Period
155
dynasties XIX and XX
204
dynasties XIX XX and XXI
205
4e The New Kingdom state
211
the formation of a small Levantine state c 1200900 417
214
THE HITTITES
225
Chronology of Hittite kings
230
5c The Hittite Old Kingdom c 1650c 1500
238
5d The Hittite Empire c 1430 1420c 1200
250
Se The Hittite state
266
SYRIA AND THE LEVANT
283
Chronology of kings of Mitanni
290
6b Ugarit
300
Kings of Ugarit
306
6c Emar
314
MESOPOTAMIA c 1600c 900
332
THE NEOASSYRIAN EMPIRE 934610 473
336
7b Assyria in the Middle Assyrian period c 1400c 1050
348
chronology
351
9d The structure of the Assyrian empire 501
358
664525 636
362
the classical period c 1450c 1100
365
Chronology of Elamite kings
369
the end of the Kassites and succeeding dynasties
374
13e The structure of the Achaemenid empire 676
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