By Mar Van De Mieroop
If the heritage of the close to East has continually appeared a bit daunting and complicated, this e-book by way of the best recognized writers at the topic may still exhibit you the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. starting c.3000 BC with the arrival 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 second variation objective to make the textual content much more available, and contain the very most recent study. "This textual content merits a spot at the cabinets of old historians and archaeologists, and it'll definitely have delight of position in interpreting lists for classes in Mesopotamian history" - Norman Yoffee.
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150 tablets) and Uqair (ca. 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.
1 The Sumerian King List Among the later Mesopotamian texts that deal with the Early Dynastic period, the Sumerian King List is perhaps the most important. The text is known only from manuscripts dating t o the first centuries of the second millennium, almost 700 years after the Early Dynastic period. It depicts a world in which kingship "descended from heaven" and was passed on from city t o city whose local dynasties held temporary hegemony over the entire region. A typical segment reads as follows: At Ur, Mesannepada was king; he ruled 80 years; Meski'agnuna, son of Mesannepada, was king; he ruled 36 years; Elulu ruled 25 years; Balulu ruled 36 years; four kings ruled 177 years.
2600-2450), and IIIb (ca. 2450-2350), but these are archaeological distinctions based on stylistic changes in the material remains that have little historical value. The period should be regarded as a unit in political terms, displaying the same basic characteristics for its entire duration. Later Mesopotamian literature from the late third and early second millennia contains a number of compositions that relate to kings from the Early Dynastic period. They are often quite detailed and thus feature prominently in many modem historical reconstructions.
A History of the Ancient Near East: ca. 3000-323 BC (2nd Edition) by Mar Van De Mieroop