By Mar Van De Mieroop
If the background of the close to East has consistently appeared a bit daunting and complicated, this booklet by means of the most effective identified writers at the topic should still express you the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. starting c.3000 BC with the appearance of the 1st writing procedure, Van De Mieroop lines the emergence and improvement of a few of the best states and powers, beautiful towns and significant empires, together with the Babylonian and Hittite kingdoms, the Assyrian and Persian Empires and the conquests of Alexander the good. Van De Mieroop's revisions for the 2d version goal to make the textual content much more obtainable, and comprise the very most modern study. "This textual content merits a spot at the cabinets of old historians and archaeologists, and it'll definitely have satisfaction of position in examining lists for classes in Mesopotamian history" - Norman Yoffee.
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Extra resources for A History of the Ancient Near East: ca. 3000-323 BC (2nd Edition)
In the slightly later Early Dynastic I levels at Ur, a large number of sealings were found, giving somewhat different combinations of city-symbols and often combined with the rosette symbol of Inanna. These had been mostly used to lock doors, indicating that a storeroom in Ur had been set aside to contain materials for her cult. THE EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD 51 At some moment in the Early Dynastic period the focus of the unified cult shifted to the city of Nippur in the center of Babylonia. Each Babylonian city was the domain of a god, who resided there with his or her family of deities.
23. Political Centralization in t h e Late Third Millennium I - 3000 I I I I I 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 2334 Accession of Sargon of Akkad 2254-18 Naram-Sin of Akkad ca.
These moves seem to indicate an attempt to merge the various households of the city under the ruler. As king and war leader, he ostensibly transferred the ownership of land and estates to the city-god and his family, while in practice he and his own family members were trying to dominate the gods' estates. The king ruled by divine favor, but he was totally in control of the gods' earthly possessions, so any prior distinction between secular and divine authority had disappeared. Uru'inimgina's measures turned out to be short-lived, but the merging of divine and earthly authority was not.
A History of the Ancient Near East: ca. 3000-323 BC (2nd Edition) by Mar Van De Mieroop