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Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East


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Discovering Babylon

Discovering Babylon

1st Edition

Rannfrid Thelle
February 25, 2020

This volume presents Babylon as it has been passed down through Western culture: through the Bible, classical texts, in Medieval travel accounts, and through depictions of the Tower motif in art. It then details the discovery of the material culture remains of Babylon from the middle of the 19th...

Geography, Religion, Gods, and Saints in the Eastern Mediterranean

Geography, Religion, Gods, and Saints in the Eastern Mediterranean

1st Edition

Erica Ferg
January 17, 2020

Geography, Religion, Gods, and Saints in the Eastern Mediterranean explores the influence of geography on religion and highlights a largely unknown story of religious history in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the Levant, agricultural communities of Jews, Christians, and Muslims jointly venerated...

Migration and Colonialism in Late Second Millennium BCE Levant and Its Environs: The Making of a New World

Migration and Colonialism in Late Second Millennium BCE Levant and Its Environs: The Making of a New World

1st Edition

Pekka Pitkänen
October 18, 2019

This book examines migration and colonialism in the ancient Near East in the late second millennium BCE, with a focus on the Levant. It explores how the area was shaped by these movements of people, especially in forming the new Iron Age societies. The book utilises recent sociological studies on...

A Story of YHWH: Cultural Translation and Subversive Reception in Israelite History

A Story of YHWH: Cultural Translation and Subversive Reception in Israelite History

1st Edition

Shawn W. Flynn
September 27, 2019

A Story of YHWH investigates the ancient Israelite expression of their deity, and tracks why variation occurred in that expression, from the early Iron Age to the Persian period. Through this text, readers will gain a better appreciation for the complexities and contexts in the development of...

Near Eastern Cities from Alexander to the Successors of Muhammad

Near Eastern Cities from Alexander to the Successors of Muhammad

1st Edition

Walter D. Ward
July 22, 2019

Near Eastern Cities from Alexander to the Successors of Muhammad compares the evolution of several cities in the Near East from the time of Alexander the Great until the beginning of the Islamic 'Abbasid Dynasty. This volume examines both archaeological remains and literary sources to explain the...

Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity

Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity

1st Edition

Ilona Zsolnay
July 05, 2019

Being a Man is a formative work which reveals the myriad and complex negotiations for constructions of masculine identities in the greater ancient Near East and beyond. Through a juxtaposition of studies into Neo-Assyrian artistic representations and omens, biblical hymns and narrative, Hittite,...

Children in the Bible and the Ancient World: Comparative and Historical Methods in Reading Ancient Children

Children in the Bible and the Ancient World: Comparative and Historical Methods in Reading Ancient Children

1st Edition

Shawn W. Flynn
April 10, 2019

The topic of children in the Bible has long been under-represented, but this has recently changed with the development of childhood studies in broader fields, and the work of several dedicated scholars. While many reading methods are employed in this emerging field, comparative work with children...

On the Edge of Empires: North Mesopotamia During the Roman Period (2nd – 4th c. CE)

On the Edge of Empires: North Mesopotamia During the Roman Period (2nd – 4th c. CE)

1st Edition

Rocco Palermo
February 22, 2019

On the Edge of Empires explores the mixed culture of North Mesopotamia in the Roman period. This volatile region at the eastern edge of the Roman world became during the imperial period the theater of confrontation for multiple political entities: Rome, Parthia, Sasanian Persia. Roman presence is...

The Reign of Nebuchadnezzar I in History and Historical Memory

The Reign of Nebuchadnezzar I in History and Historical Memory

1st Edition

John P. Nielsen
April 24, 2018

Nebuchadnezzar I (r. 1125-1104) was one of the more significant and successful kings to rule Babylonia in the intervening period between the demise of the Kassite Dynasty in the 12th century at the end of the Late Bronze Age, and the emergence of a new, independent Babylonian monarchy in the last...

Losing One's Head in the Ancient Near East: Interpretation and Meaning of Decapitation

Losing One's Head in the Ancient Near East: Interpretation and Meaning of Decapitation

1st Edition

Rita Dolce
December 20, 2017

In the Ancient Near East, cutting off someone’s head was a unique act, not comparable to other types of mutilation, and therefore charged with a special symbolic and communicative significance. This book examines representations of decapitation in both images and texts, particularly in the context...

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