The Cambridge Ancient History: v.1

The Cambridge Ancient History: v.1

Hardback Cambridge Ancient History (Hardcover)

Edited by I.E.S. Edwards, Edited by C.J. Gadd, Edited by N. G. L. Hammond

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 1080 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 64mm | 1,656g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1971
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521077915
  • ISBN 13: 9780521077910
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, maps, plans, bibliography, indexes
  • Sales rank: 1,295,962

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Part II of volume I deals with the history of the Near East from about 3000 to 1750 B.C. In Egypt, a long period of political unification and stability enabled the kings of the Old Kingdom to develop and exploit natural resources, to mobilize both the manpower and the technical skill to build the pyramids, and to encourage sculptors in the production of works of superlative quality. After a period of anarchy and civil war at the end of the Sixth Dynasty the local rulers of Thebes established the so-called Middle Kingdom, restoring an age of political calm in which the arts could again flourish. In Western Asia, Babylonia was the main centre and source of civilisation, and her moral, though not always her military, hegemony was recognized and accepted by the surrounding countries of Anatolia, Syria, Palestine, Assyria and Elam. The history of the region is traced from the late Uruk and Jamdat Nasr periods up to the rise of Hammurabi, the most significant developments being the invention of writing in the Uruk period, the emergence of the Semites as a political factor under Sargon, and the success of the centralized bureaucracy under the Third Dynasty of Ur.

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List of maps; List of tables; List of text-figures; Preface; 11. The early dynastic period in Egypt I. E. S. Edwards, F.B.A; 12. The last predynastic period in Babylonia Henri Frankfort and Leri Davies; 13. The cities of Babylonia C. J. Gadd, F.B.A; 14. The old kingdom in Egypt and the beginning of the first intermediate period W. Stevenson Smith; 15. Palestine in the early Bronze Age R. de Vaux, O.P.; 16. The early dynastic period in Mesopotamia Sir Max E. L. Mallowan, F.B.A.; 17. Syria before 2200 B.C. Margaret S. Drower and J. Borrero; 18. Anatolia c.4000-2300 B.C. J. Mellaart and Carl W. Blegen; 19. The dynasty of Agade and the Gutian invasion C. J. Gadd; 20. The middle kingdom in Egypt William C. Hayes; 21. Syria and Palestine c.2160-1780 B.C. G. Posener, J. Bottero and K. M. Kenyon, F.B.A; 22. Babylonia c. 2120-1800 B.C. C. J. Gadd; 23. Persia c.2400-1800 B.C. Walther Hinz; 24. Anatolia c.2300-1750 B.C. J. Mellaart, Carl W. Blegen and Hildegard Lewy; 25. Assyria c.2600-1816 B.C. Hildegard Lewy; 26. Greece, Crete, and the Aegean islands in the early Bronze Age John L. Caskey and H. W. Catling; 27. Immigrants from the north R. A. Crossland; Bibliographies; chronological tables; Index to maps; General index.