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The Ancient Near East


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List of illustrations Note on translations Acknowledgments 1 Archaeology and environment 2 The beginning of cities, 3600-2900 BCE 3 The Early Dynastic period, 2900-2340 BCE 4 The Akkadian empire, 2334-2112 BCE 5 The Third Dynasty of Ur, 2112-2026 BCE 6 The old Assyrian colonies, 1950-1740 BCE 7. The Old Babylonian period, 2017-1595 BCE 8. The Late Bronze Age, 1595-1155 BCE 9. The Neo-Assyrian empire, 972-612 BCE 10. The Neo-Babylonian empire, 612-539 BCE Chronology References Further reading Index

About the Author

Amanda H. Podany is Professor and Chair of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is the author of the award-winning book Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East as well as a number of other books and articles on topics in ancient Near Eastern history.


"A lively, appealing, and highly recommended introduction to the Bronze and early Iron Age Near East." - Journal of the American Oriental Society "The book is a short, comprehensive and accessible way to first get in touch with a new subject...[It] can be useful for readers who do not know anything about the aforementioned region and its history, such as first term students." - Bibliotheca Orientalis "Thanks to The Ancient Near East any fan of ancient history can immerse themselves for the first time in the exciting history of civilizations developed in Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia." - Historiae (historiaeweb.com) Translated from Spanish.

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