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Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East


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On the Edge of the Empires: North Mesopotamia During the Roman Period (2nd – 4th c. CE)

On the Edge of the Empires: North Mesopotamia During the Roman Period (2nd – 4th c. CE)

1st Edition

Rocco Palermo
July 01, 2018

On the Edge of Empires explores the mixed culture of North Mesopotamia in the Roman period. This volatile region at the eastern edge of the Roman world became during the imperial period the theater of confrontation for multiple political entities: Rome, Parthia, Sasanian Persia. Roman presence is...

Discovering Babylon

Discovering Babylon

1st Edition

Rannfrid Thelle
July 01, 2018

This volume presents Babylon as it has been passed down through Western culture: through the Bible, classical texts, in Medieval travel accounts, and through depictions of the Tower motif in art. It then details the discovery of the material culture remains of Babylon from the middle of the 19th...

The Reign of Nebuchadnezzar I in History and Historical Memory

The Reign of Nebuchadnezzar I in History and Historical Memory

1st Edition

John P. Nielsen
April 24, 2018

Nebuchadnezzar I (r. 1125-1104) was one of the more significant and successful kings to rule Babylonia in the intervening period between the demise of the Kassite Dynasty in the 12th century at the end of the Late Bronze Age, and the emergence of a new, independent Babylonian monarchy in the last...

Losing One's Head in the Ancient Near East: Interpretation and Meaning of Decapitation

Losing One's Head in the Ancient Near East: Interpretation and Meaning of Decapitation

1st Edition

Rita Dolce
December 20, 2017

In the Ancient Near East, cutting off someone’s head was a unique act, not comparable to other types of mutilation, and therefore charged with a special symbolic and communicative significance. This book examines representations of decapitation in both images and texts, particularly in the context...

Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity

Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity

1st Edition

Ilona Zsolnay
August 15, 2016

Being a Man is a formative work which reveals the myriad and complex negotiations for constructions of masculine identities in the greater ancient Near East and beyond. Through a juxtaposition of studies into Neo-Assyrian artistic representations and omens, biblical hymns and narrative, Hittite,...

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