The Age of Empires

The Age of Empires : Mesopotamia in the First Millennium BC

By (author) Francis Joannes , Translated by Antonia Nevill

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This is a concise introduction to the history of the ancient Near East during the last millennium bc: Phoenicia, Palestine, the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires, the Persian Achaemenid empire, the empire of Alexander, and the vast Persian Seleucid empire founded by Seleucus around 300 bc and defeated by Pompey for Rome in 64 bc. The book focuses on political history, on the sources and shifts of power and the individuals who wielded it. It also introduces the student to the principal aspects of the religious, social and economic history of the region. The narrative is succinct, backed up by summary tables and maps, and enlivened by lengthy quotations from contemporary documents. The latter are frequently used to illustrate specific case studies. The book ends with a chronology and glossary, as well as an adapted further reading list.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 18mm | 458.14g
  • 15 Mar 2005
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • 28 b&w illustrations
  • 0748617566
  • 9780748617562
  • 1,391,743

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Francis Joannes is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Paris VIII.

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The book covers a period of profound interest ... There is an enormous amount of material here that many people are now becoming aware of, but lack the specialist knowledge to know how to handle or what to make of ! It is a model of clarity, with excellent citations of texts. -- Professor Amelie Kuhrt, University College London Francis Joannes has produced an excellent work ... His experience gained over many years has enabled him to write this authoritative and informative synthesis of Assyrian and Babylonian history and culture of the first millennium BC. -- Professor Allan Millard, University of Liverpool The book covers a period of profound interest ... There is an enormous amount of material here that many people are now becoming aware of, but lack the specialist knowledge to know how to handle or what to make of ! It is a model of clarity, with excellent citations of texts. Francis Joannes has produced an excellent work ... His experience gained over many years has enabled him to write this authoritative and informative synthesis of Assyrian and Babylonian history and culture of the first millennium BC.

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