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Ancient Near East: The Basics

1st Edition

By Daniel C. Snell


162 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Ancient Near East: The Basics surveys the history of the ancient Middle East from the invention of writing to Alexander the Great’s conquest. The book introduces both the physical and intellectual environment of those times, the struggles of state-building and empire construction, and the dissent from those efforts. Topics covered include:

  • What do we mean when we talk about the Ancient Near East?
  • The rise and fall of powerful states and monarchs
  • Daily life both in the cities and out in the fields
  • The legacy of the Ancient Near East: religion, science and writing systems.

Featuring a glossary, chronology and suggestions for further reading, this book has all the tools the reader needs to understand the history and study of the Ancient Near East.

Table of Contents

1. What We Mean When We Talk About the Ancient Near East 2. The Early Millennia 3. The Second Millennium 4. The First Millennium 5. Legacies 6. The Rediscovery of the Ancient Near East 7. Limits of the Future

About the Author

Daniel Snell is the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Egypt
HISTORY / Middle East / Egypt (see also Ancient / Egypt)