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Eckart Frahm is professor of Assyriology in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale. One of the world's foremost experts on the Assyrian Empire, he is the author or coauthor of six books on ancient Mesopotamian history and culture. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


"A work of remarkable synthesis. The range of its sources is truly extraordinary."--Times (London)

"A remarkable scholarly work and a masterful exploration of one of the most intriguing and influential civilizations of the ancient world...an essential addition to the libraries of history enthusiasts and scholars alike."--World History

"A sweeping, delightfully readable effort to remind us of Assyria's place in history...Mr. Frahm balances a clear-eyed account of Assyria's gruesome politics with empathetic portraits of everyday life."--Wall Street Journal

"Sweeping in scope yet meticulously detailed, this is a worthy introduction to a significant yet lesser-known chapter of ancient history."--Publishers Weekly

"Eckart Frahm has given us a history which jumps with life. From Assyria's humble origins at mercantile Ashur to the smoking ruins of imperial Nineveh, Frahm animates a lost world with the authority and the eye of a master painter. This is Assyria with all its jealous princes, scheming viziers, exorcists, rebels, and vassals--its glittering palaces, besieged cities, and vast borderlands. Readers can rejoice knowing they hold in their hands a book both definitive and compelling."--Seth Richardson, University of Chicago

"Eckart Frahm's eminently readable Assyria is the most comprehensive account to date of the world's first true empire. It will transform how we approach Assyria and its role in history."--Gojko Barjamovic, Harvard University

"A superb, compelling, and exuberantly written history of the Assyrians, popularly known only as the bad guys of the Old Testament, but actually one of the most significant of all ancient Near Eastern empire builders. This book is filled with fascinating detail and cliché-busting analysis. Sweeping yet nuanced, Eckart Frahm challenges--and changes--the way we think about the Assyrians and the culture they fashioned."--Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, author of Persians

"An extremely readable introduction to Assyria and the Assyrians, from their origins to their ultimate demise. Frahm presents a wealth of knowledge and information in an accessible manner, and with relevance to today, which will be of interest to scholars, students, and members of the general public alike."--Eric Cline, author of 1177 B.C.

"Eckart Frahm has produced a compelling account of how the Assyrians built an empire that ruled over large territories and diverse peoples. Assyria offers us a new way to think about the formation and sustainability of an imperial model that has shaped human experiences for much of the past 3000 years. It is ancient history that remains relevant to this day."--Edward J. Watts, author of Mortal Republic

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