A Companion to the Ancient Near East by Daniel C. Snell

By Daniel C. Snell

A significant other to the traditional close to East deals scholars and basic readers a entire evaluation of close to japanese civilization from the Bronze Age to the conquests of Alexander the nice.

  • Covers the civilizations of the Sumerians, Hittites, Babylonians, Assyrians, Israelites and Persians
  • Places specific emphasis on social and cultural historical past
  • Covers the legacy of the traditional close to East within the medieval and smooth worlds
  • Provides an invaluable bibliographical consultant to this box of study

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By the time we reach the Samarran ware (6100–5500 B C E ) with its dense geometric or elaborate 26 Augusta McMahon pictorial decoration, the symbolic coding was rich, potentially signaling wealth and social identity, family or ethnic affiliations, or even archetypal myths. Feasting was the most likely outlet for display of this signaling, but it is unclear whether feasting was competitive or collaborative at this early date. Ultimately, pottery is implicated in a conceptual bias in our reconstruction of the past.

But the main problem was the disruption of the irrigation system, bringing about a demographic and economic decline. The central power was unable to follow the Assyrian model and recover control of the whole area. Various dynasties of different origin, including Chaldeans, were in control of limited parts of Lower Mesopotamia. The Aramean and Chaldean intruders did not establish independent kingdoms as in Syria, but were not subjugated as in Assyria, and they became components of the political scene.

The conquest of the great kingdoms Historical Overview 17 was more prestigious, and they became the major targets for Esarhaddon and for his son Assurbanipal (668–631). Egypt was conquered, but it proved impossible for Assyria – with the logistics of the time – to annex a region so distant, large, and populous. Elam was conquered and its capital city Susa destroyed, but that allowed for the growth of a new power, Persia, in the same area. As for the Medes and the Arabs, conquering them proved impossible because of logistic problems and because they lacked a political structure suited to being reused as provincial divisions of the empire.

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