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Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East


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On the Edge of the Empires: Northern Mesopotamia in the Roman Period

On the Edge of the Empires: Northern Mesopotamia in the Roman Period

Forthcoming

Rocco Palermo
October 01, 2018

In antiquity, North Mesopotamia was the centre of the confrontation between different imperial entities. Rome, the Parthians, the Sasanians and the nomads of the region were all agents of a complex series of dynamics that impacted on the area: Rome found the most serious threat to its territorial...

Discovering Babylon

Discovering Babylon

Forthcoming

Rannfrid Thelle
August 20, 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

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

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

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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