By Marc Van de Mieroop
This publication offers a transparent, concise background of the extreme multicultural civilizations of the traditional close to East. Bestselling narrative of the complicated historical past of the traditional close to EastAddresses political, social, and cultural developmentsContains in-depth dialogue of key texts and assets, together with the Bible and the Epic of GilgameshIncludes quite a few maps, illustrations, and a range of close to japanese texts in translationIntegrates new learn, and enormously expands the courses to additional interpreting for this moment variation
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Additional info for A History of the Ancient Near East, ca 3000-323 BC, 2nd edition (Blackwell History of the Ancient World)
1 The Written Sources and their Historical Uses The written sources for the study of this period cover a variety of genres. Administrative documents continue to dominate in number, but we also have political narratives written for some rulers of the period, and later literary materials that relate stories about others. Administrative archives appear in different sites in increasingly large quantities. The information they contain becomes more extensive, and the texts themselves are more comprehensible to us, as they start to reflect more closely the spoken language through the expression of phonetic and grammatical elements.
In the Early Dynastic period this genre flourished and shows the acceptance of the same traditions over a wide geographical area. Most remarkable is the faithfulness with which these texts were copied in every city where they are found in the Early Dynastic period. Lists from Abu Salabikh are duplicated with only minor variants in Ebla, some 900 kilometers away. There are other literary texts from the Early Dynastic period, usually short compositions including incantations, hymns, and wisdom literature, that is, catalogs of proverbs or proverbs set in an artificial dialogue where a father gives advice to his son.
35 tablets) in the north of Babylonia. Archaeologically, this period is called Jemdet Nasr after the site where its cultural assemblage was first found. The city of Uruk continued to be substantial in size, but other southern Mesopotamian 40 PART I CITY-STATES centers developed as well, as the non-urban population moved into them, possibly as the result of social upheavals or invasions. The far-flung contacts of the earlier centuries ceased, but the Jemdet Nasr culture penetrated more profoundly into nearby regions, such as the Diyala River valley, which had been marginal before then.
A History of the Ancient Near East, ca 3000-323 BC, 2nd edition (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by Marc Van de Mieroop