This book presents a clear, concise history of the extraordinarily multicultural civilizations of the Ancient Near East. Beginning with the emergence of writing around 3000 BC, the narrative ranges from the origins of the first cities in Mesopotamia, through the growth of the Babylonian and Hittite kingdoms, to the Assyrian and Persian empires. It ends with the transformation of the Ancient Near East by the conquests of Alexander the Great.
A straightforward and concise narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East.
Addresses political, social, and cultural developments.
Contains in-depth discussion of key texts and sources, including the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Includes a selection of Near Eastern texts in translation.
Accompanied by plentiful maps and illustrations.
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