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Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture

William H. Stiebing Jr.

Second Edition

 

"Simply the best textbook currently available for the study of the Ancient Near East and Egypt.  It is a well-written, intelligent, up-to-date survey that provides students with an excellent background while at the same time holding their interest."

- Devin J. Steward, Emory University

 

"Far and away the very best textbook available for a general history course on the Ancient Near East."

- Glen Cooper, Brigham Young University

 

Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in Near Eastern political history, this text interlaces social and cultural history with a political narrative.  An emphasis on historical debates and areas of uncertainty helps students understand how evidence is used to create interpretations and that several different interpretations of history are possible.

 

New Features

  • Controversial issues are highlighted in sections titled "Debating the Evidence ," making it easier for students and teachers to find and use the portions of the text devoted to scholarly arugments about the evidence for various aspects of ancient Near Eastern history.
  • A new Chapter 4, "The Old Babylonian Period and Its Aftermath" gives more insight into this important period.
  • More information is provided on culture and economy, especially in the sections on the Old Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian, and Neo-Babylonian periods. 

 

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MySearchLab provides students with a complete understanding of the research process so they can complete research projects confidently and efficiently. Students and instructors with an internet connection can visit www.MySearchLab.com and receive immediate access to thousands of full articles from the EBSCO ContentSelect database. In addition, MySearchLab offers extensive content on the research process itself—including tips on how to navigate and maximize time in the campus library, a step-by-step guide on writing a research paper, and instructions on how to finish an academic assignment with endnotes and bibliography.­

 

This general introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt, offers the right amount of detail for the course without being encyclopedic.

Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in Near Eastern political history, the book interlaces social and cultural history with the political narrative. This combination allows readers to get a rounded introduction to the subject of Ancient Near Eastern history.

 

Provides an overview of Ancient Near East history and culture, supplemented with a broad variety of primary source materials, without being encyclopedic.  Overview of Ancient Near East History.  Readers interested in learning about the Ancient Near East.

Synopsis:

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This general introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt, offers the right amount of detail for the course without being encyclopedic.

 

Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in Near Eastern political history, the book interlaces social and cultural history with the political narrative. This combination allows readers to get a rounded introduction to the subject of Ancient Near Eastern history.

 '

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, Maps, and Documents 

Preface 

Acknowledgments

CHAPTER 1

Introduction 

Studying the Ancient Near East 

What Is the “Near East”? 

The Nature of Historical Study 

Antiquity’s “Clues” 

Creating a Chronology for the Ancient Near East 

A Note on Chronological Terminology: b.c.e./c.e. vs. b.c./a.d.

Absolute and Relative Chronology 

Sources for Ancient Near Eastern Chronology

Prelude: Near Eastern Prehistory 

The Origins of Sedentary Life (c. 10,500–8300 b.c.e.) 

Early Agricultural Communities in Southwest Asia (c. 8300–6000 b.c.e.) 

The Development of Complex Societies in Southwest Asia (c. 6000–3700 b.c.e.) 

Early Cultures of the Nile Valley (c. 8000–3500 b.c.e.) 

Debating the Evidence: The Emergence of Social Stratification and Male Dominance

CHAPTER 2

The Dawn of Civilization in Western Asia 

The Emergence of Mesopotamian Civilization (c. 3700–3000 b.c.e.) 

The Urban Revolution

The Development of Cuneiform Writing

Debating the Evidence: The Origin of the Sumerians  

Other People of Mesopotamia

The Emergence of Elam

The Mesopotamian Early Dynastic Period (c. 3000–2330 b.c.e.) 

An Era of Independent City States

Debating the Evidence: The “Royal Tombs” of Ur

Mesopotamian Culture During the Early Dynastic Era 

Religion and World View

Debating the Evidence: The Sacred Marriage Ceremony

 The Development of Kingship

Economy and Society

Education, Literature, and the Arts

Science, Technology, and Warfare

Urbanization in Other Areas of Western Asia (c. 3300–2300 b.c.e.) 

Early Bronze Age Syria and Palestine

Early Bronze Age Anatolia and Iran

CHAPTER 3

The First Mesopotamian Empires 

The Akkadian Empire (c. 2334–2193 b.c.e.)  65

Sargon of Akkad (c. 2334–2279 b.c.e)

Sargon’s Successors 

Debating the Evidence: Divine Kingship 

Administration of the Empire 

Debating the Evidence: Reasons for Empire’s Collapse

The Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2112–2004 b.c.e.) 

Ur’s Rise to Power 

Shulgi’s Reforms 

The Fall of Ur 

Persian Gulf and Central Asian Civilizations 

Dilmun, Magan, and Meluhha 

The Oxus Civilization 

CHAPTER 4

The Old Babylonian Period and Its Aftermath

The “Interregnum” After the Fall of Ur  (2000-1800 B.C.E.)

The Assyrian Merchant Colony at Kanesh

The Ascendancy of Isin and Larsa

Hammurabi and His Dynasty (c. 1800-1595 B.C.E.)

Shamshi-Adad’s Empire

Hammurabi and His Successors 

Old Babylonian Cultural Developments 

Literature

Debating the Evidence: The “Code” of Hammurabi

Babylonian Society in the “Code”

The Hittite Old Kingdom

Debating the Evidence: Indo-European Origins

The Emergence of a Hittite State 

The Emergence of New Peoples 

The Hurrians and the Kingdom of Mitanni  

Kassite Rule in Babylonia 

CHAPTER 5

EGYPT TO THE END OF THE OLD KINGDOM 

The Late Predynastic Era (c. 3500–3000 b.c.e) 

The Geography of Egypt and Nubia 

The People of the Nile Valley 

Prelude to Civilization: The Naqada II Period  

The Formation of the Egyptian State (c. 3050–2686 b.c.e.) 

Debating the Evidence: The Process of Unification 

The Development of Egyptian Writing 

The Early Dynastic Period (Dynasties 1 and 2)  

Major Elements of Egyptian Culture 

Ma’at 

Divine Kingship 

Burial and the Afterlife 

Religion and Ritual 

The Old Kingdom (Dynasties 3–6, c. 2686–2180 b.c.e.) 

Djoser and the First Pyramid 

The Zenith of Royal Power: The Fourth Dynasty (c. 2613–2498 b.c.e.) 

Debating the Evidence: Dating the Great Sphinx

The Latter Part of the Old Kingdom: Dynasties 5 and 6 (c. 2498–2180 b.c.e.) 

Early Egyptian Society and Culture 

CHAPTER 6

The Rise And Fall Of The Egyptian Middle Kingdom 

The First Intermediate Period: Dynasties 7–11a (c. 2180–2040 b.c.e.) 

Where is Ma‘at?  139

The Intermediate Period’s Effects 

The Middle Kingdom: Dynasties 11b–13a (c. 2040–1720 b.c.e.) 

The Establishment of the Middle Kingdom 

The Impressive Twelfth Dynasty 

Cultural Developments During the Middle Kingdom 

The Second Intermediate Period: Dynasties 13b–17 (c. 1720–1540 b.c.e.) 

The Onset of the Second Intermediate Period 

The Kingdom of Kush (Upper Nubia) 

Hyksos Rule and the Dynasty at Thebes: Dynasties 15 and 17 (c. 1650–1540 b.c.e.) 

Debating the Evidence: Hyksos Relations with the Levant 

Egyptian and Levantine Contacts with the Minoan Culture of Crete 

CHAPTER 7

EGYPT’S POWERFUL EIGHTEENTH DYNASTY 

The Beginning of the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1550–1479 b.c.e.)  162

The Early Eighteenth Dynasty 

Debating the Evidence: The  “Royal Heiress” Theory 

Hatshepsut and Thutmose III (c. 1479–1425 b.c.e.) 

Hatshepsut Becomes King 

The Sole Rule of Thutmose III 

The Egyptian Empire at Its Height (c. 1425–1350 b.c.e.) 

The Reigns of Amenhotep II and Thutmose IV 

Amenhotep III, “The Magnificent” 

The New Egyptian Army 

Late Bronze Age Canaan (Palestine and Coastal Syria) 

Relations with the Aegean Kingdoms 

Akhenaton and the Amarna Period (c. 1350–1334 b.c.e.) 

Controversies of the Amarna Age 

Debating the Evidence: Did Akhenaton Have a Co-Regency With His Father? 

The Beginning of Amenhotep IV’s Reign 

Debating the Evidence: Akhenaton’s Religion 

Debating the Evidence: The Revolution’s Denouement 

The End of the Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1334–1293 b.c.e.) 

Tutankhamun and the Restoration of Amun 

The Reigns of Ay and Horemheb, (c. 1325–1293 b.c.e.) 

CHAPTER 8

The End of the Bronze Age 

The Zenith of Hittite Power (c. 1344–1180 b.c.e.) 

Revival and Extension of the Hittite Empire 

Hatti’s Showdown With Egypt 

Debating the Evidence: The Historicity of the Trojan War 

Hittite Culture 

Economy, Society, and Government 

Religion 

Languages and Literature 

The Twilight of the Egyptian Empire (c.1293–1150 b.c.e.) 

The Empire’s Final Flash of Greatness 

Invasions of the Sea Peoples 

The Collapse of Bronze Age Societies in the Eastern Mediterranean 

The Mycenaean Kingdoms 

The Demise of the Hittite Empire 

The End of Egyptian Power 

The Decline of Assyria and Babylonia 

Debating the Evidence: What Caused the Collapse?

CHAPTER 9

Recovery And Transformation (c. 1100–745 b.C.E.) 

Mesopotamia and Egypt 

Assyria and Babylonia 

The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt 

Anatolia 

The Kingdom of Urartu 

The Phrygian and Neo-Hittite Kingdoms 

Syria 

The Aramaeans 

The Phoenicians 

Debating the Evidence: Infant Sacrifice

Early Israel 

Debating the Evidence: The Emergence of Israel 

The Formation of the Israelite State (The United Monarchy) 

The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah 

Other Small States of the Southern Levant  

The Philistines 

Ammon, Moab, and Edom 

Small Kingdoms and Confederations in Arabia 

CHAPTER 10

MESOPOTAMian Supremacy 

The Height of Assyrian Dominion (744–627 b.c.e.) 

Reestablishment and Expansion of Assyrian Power (744–681 b.c.e.) 

The Empire at Its Zenith (680–627 b.c.e.) 

Neo-Assyrian Society and Culture 

The King, Crown Prince, and Queen 

Non-Royal Social Classes 

The Army 

Administration of the Empire 

Art, Literature, and Science 

The Neo-Babylonian (or Chaldean) Empire (625–560 b.c.e.) 

Destruction of Assyria (627–605 b.c.e.) 

Formation of the Neo-Babylonian and Median Empires 

The End of the Neo-Babylonian Empire 

Neo-Babylonian Culture

Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon 

Commerce and Finance

Scholarly Activity

Debating the Evidence: The Emergence of Biblical Monotheism

The Triumph of the Reform Movement

Developments during the Babylonian Exile   

CHAPTER 11

The Achaemenid Persian Empire 

The Origins and Growth of the Achaemenid Empire 

The Fluorescence of the Lydian Kingdom (c. 685–547 b.c.e.) 

The Creation of the Persian Empire 

The Persian Empire at Its Height 

Crisis and Restoration 

Reorganization of the Empire 

Wars With the Greeks 

Persian Culture 

The King and Court 

The Persian Army 

The Religion of Zoroaster 

Persian Architecture and Art 

Judah During the Persian Period 

The Restoration of Judah 

Debating the Evidence: The Careers of Ezra and Nehemiah

Religious Developments During the Persian Era 

The Latter Part of the Achaemenid Persian Empire 

The Continuation of Royal Power (424–330 b.c.e.) 

Conquest by Alexander the Great 

CHAPTER 12

The Legacy Of The Ancient Near East 

Food, Drink, and Animals 

Mathematics and Science 

Language and Literature 

Music, Art, and Architecture 

Religion and Speculative Thought 

Notes

Glossary

Chronological Chart 

Index 

Every chapter ends with Suggestions for Further Reading and Information (Internet Links and Books and Articles)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321422972
Author:
Stiebing, William H.
Publisher:
Pearson Longman
Subject:
History
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Middle East History To 622.
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World History-Ancient History
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MySearchLab provides students with a complete understanding of the research process so they can complete research projects confidently and efficiently. Students and instructors with an internet connection can visit www.MySearchLab.com and receive immediate access to thousands of full articles from the EBSCO ContentSelect database. In addition, MySearchLab offers extensive content on the research process itself—including tips on how to navigate and maximize time in the campus library, a step-by-step guide on writing a research paper, and instructions on how to finish an academic assignment with endnotes and bibliography.­

 

This general introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt, offers the right amount of detail for the course without being encyclopedic.

Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in Near Eastern political history, the book interlaces social and cultural history with the political narrative. This combination allows readers to get a rounded introduction to the subject of Ancient Near Eastern history.

 

Provides an overview of Ancient Near East history and culture, supplemented with a broad variety of primary source materials, without being encyclopedic.  Overview of Ancient Near East History.  Readers interested in learning about the Ancient Near East.

"Synopsis" by , '

This general introduction to the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt, offers the right amount of detail for the course without being encyclopedic.

 

Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in Near Eastern political history, the book interlaces social and cultural history with the political narrative. This combination allows readers to get a rounded introduction to the subject of Ancient Near Eastern history.

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