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Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation

ISBN: 978-0-631-23580-4
472 pages
July 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book presents new translations of Mesopotamian and ancient Near Eastern historiographic texts, providing the reader with the primary sources for the history of the ancient Near East.

  • A primary source book presenting new translations of Mesopotamian and ancient Near Eastern historiographic texts, and other related materials.
  • Helps readers to understand the historical context of the Near East.
  • Covers the period from the earliest historical and literary texts (c.2700 B.C.) to the latest Hellenistic historians who comment on ancient Near Eastern history (c.250 B.C.)
  • Texts range from the code of Hammurabi to the Assyrian royal inscriptions.
  • A detailed commentary is provided on each text, placing it in its historical and cultural context.
  • Maps, illustrations and a chronological table help to orientate the reader.
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Acknowledgements: Mark W. Chavalas.

List of Contributors.

List of Maps.

Introduction: Mark W. Chavalas.

Part I: Sumerian Early Dynastic Royal Inscriptions.

Part II: Old Akkadian Period Texts.

Part III: Late Third Millenium Sumerian Texts.

Part IV: Old Babylonian Period Inscriptions (van Koppen).

Part V: Miscellaneous Old Babylonian Period Documents.

Part VI: Late Bronze Age Inscriptions From Babylon, Assyria, And Syro-Palestine.

Part VII: Correspondance From El-Amarna In Egypt.

Part VIII: Hittite Historical Texts I.

Part IX: Hittite Historical Texts II.

Part X: Neo-Assyrian And Syro-Palestinian Texts (I).

Part XI: Neo-Assyrian And Syro-Palestinian Texts (II).

Part XII: Neo-Babylonian Period Texts From Babylonia And Syro-Palestine.

Part XIII: Achaemenid Period Historical Texts Concerning Mesopotamia.

Indices
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Mark W. Chavalas is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has edited or authored six books, including most recently Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East (2002), Mesopotamia and the Bible (2002) and Bible Background Commentary of the Old Testament (2000). He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
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  • A primary source book presenting new translations of Mesopotamian and ancient Near Eastern historiographic texts, and other related materials.

  • Helps readers to understand the historical context of the Near East.

  • Covers the period from the earliest historical and literary texts (c.2700 B.C.) to the latest Hellenistic historians who comment on ancient Near Eastern history (c.250 B.C.)

  • Texts range from the code of Hammurabi to the Assyrian royal inscriptions.

  • A detailed commentary is provided on each text, placing it in its historical and cultural context.

  • Maps, illustrations and a chronological table help to orientate the reader.
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All of these scholars are to be applauded for the excellence of their work. (Journal of American Oriental Society , January 2008)

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

"Blackwell has rendered an excellent service to the study of the Ancient Near East by undergraduates and, indeed, to those of the general public with anything more than superficial interest in the subject ... Chavalas provides a solid textual basis for a better understanding of this area."
Scholia




"Mark W. Chavalas has gathered an excellent ensemble of scholars and doctoral candidates to edit and translate representative historical texts from the major cultures of the ancient Near East into English ... Students and non-specialists who are embarking on the study of the ancient Near East would do well to consult The Ancient Near East for a quick reference to Near Eastern historical documents."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"An invaluable reference for most academic and large public libraries."
Choice

"An extremely full selection of texts of historical import and an invaluable resource for college and university teaching. The extensive commentaries make it accessible for anyone interested in investigating the manner in which the peoples of the ancient Near East represented their past."
Gary Beckman, University of Michigan

Chavalas has assembled a sterling cast of translators. The historical introductions bristle with insights and the book gives us 'history from above' in the best sense.
Daniel C. Snell, The University of Oklahoma

Mark Chavalas has gathered an impressive international group of scholars, who offer a judicious sampling of texts from Mesopotamia and related ancient Near Eastern cultures. The texts are carefully translated and liberally provided with illuminating introductions and commentary. In all, a volume that should become a prized resource for students and scholars alike.
Peter Machinist, Harvard University

A welcome and affordable anthology in English and the editor and the contributors deserve our thanks for their efforts. It is extremely readable, the translations are admirably put into context and by and large excellent.
J.G. Dercksen, Boekbesprekingen - Algemeen

This much-needed, well-done primary sourcebook is a must for anyone teaching the history of the ancient Near East.
Religious Studies Review

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