Published May 22, 1997
Textbook - 840 Pages
ISBN 9780415167628 - CAT# RU16649
Series: The Routledge History of the Ancient World
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The Ancient Near East embraces a vast geographical area, from the borders of Iran and Afghanistan in the east to the Levant and Anatolia, and from the Black Sea in the north to Egypt in the south. It was a region of enormous cultural, political and linguistic diversity.
In this authoritative new study, Amélie Kuhrt examines its history from the earliest written documents to the conquest of Alexander the Great, c.3000-330 BC. This work dispels many of the misapprehensions which have surrounded the study of the region. It provides a lucid, up-to-date narrative which takes into account the latest archaeological and textual discoveries and deals with the complex problems of interpretation and methodology.
The Ancient Near East is an essential text for all students of history of this region and a valuable introduction for students and scholars working in related subjects.
Winner of the AHO's 1997 James Henry Breasted Award.
'Simply brilliant, a credit to publisher and author alike. Beautifully produced, it proves that scholarship of a high order on a subject of considerable complexity, with massive accompanying bibliography and footnotes, is yet compatible with solid readability. These are two magisterial volumes, unmatched by anything available today in coverage, scholarship and judgement.' - Literary Review
'It is also designed for undergraduate reference during courses on the Near East and may well be a useful bibliographic guide for more advanced scholars. The two volumes are certainly handsomely produced.' - Oxbow Books
'A very comprehensive synthesis.' - Antiquity
'These beautifully written and lavishly produced volumes contain a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the history of the ancient Near East from the earliest documentary evidence to the conquest of Alexander the Great.' - Orientalia
'The need for such a textbook overview has long been felt, and students will rapidly learn to rely upon this magisterial presentation of the primary data. - H. G. M. Williamson, Journal of Jewish Studies
'The book is eminently readable. This study should be in all major libraries, and special collections on the ancient world cannot do without it.' - Internationale Zeitschriftenschau Fur Bibelwissenschaft Und Grenzgebiete
'A magnificent handbook to a vast sweep of history, from 3000BC to Alexander the Great.' - Mary Beard, BBC History Magazine
'This is certainly the best introductory history to the ancient Near East currently available.'- Journal of the Amercian Oriental Society
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